QPR 0-2 Manchester United: Premier League as It Happened
Premier League Final Score: QPR 0-2 Manchester United, Loftus Road
Goals: Rafael 24', Giggs 80'
QPR: Cesar, Bosingwa, Samba, Hill, Traore, Townsend, Granero, Mbia, Mackie, Taarabt, Zamora. Subs: Green, Park, Wright-Phillips, Onouha, Jenas, Remy, Hoilett.
Manchester United: De Gea, Rafael, Evra, Ferdinand, Vidic, Giggs, Carrick, Nani, Young, Hernandez, van Persie. Subs. Lindegaard. Evans. Valencia. Anderson. Rooney. Welbeck. Cleverley.
90+3'- The final whistle blows and Manchester United move 15 points clear at the top of the Premier League table with a 2-0 win over QPR.
It was Rafael who opened the scoring with a sensational volley. Ryan Giggs finished it off in the second half with a neat finish.
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90'- Chris Samba is allowed a free header at the far post, but David de Gea uses his feet well to save. Linesman says goal kick, QPR protest.
88'- Ryan Giggs plays a great ball into Welbeck inside the QPR box, but the striker hesitates at the crucial moment, and can't make room for the shot.
QPR have just about given up now, leaving United looking the more likely side to score.
85'- Danny Welbeck tees up Wayne Rooney just outside the QPR box, but the forward can't keep his shot down. Goal kick.
It's been a near-perfect afternoon for Manchester United, who just need van Persie's injury scans to come back negative to round it off.
83'- Fantastic chance for United to make it three as Ryan Giggs' looping chip beats Cesar but not the crossbar, Nani volleys the follow-up well over.
Yet another renaissance season for the Welshman, who has looked calm in midfield alongside Michael Carrick today.
81'- GOAL UNITED!
It's Manchester United stalwart Ryan Giggs who finishes QPR off having been fed through on goal by Danny Welbeck. A cool, side-footed finish to beat Cesar.
79'- Danny Welbeck takes off running at the QPR defence, cuts onto his favoured right foot, but his eventual effort is blocked.
QPR 0-1 Manchester United
77'- Great chance for United as Evra's pull back finds Rooney in space. The Englishman can't quite dig out a shot though, and QPR clear.
In other EPL news, Andreas Weimann has equalised for Aston Villa at Arsenal... poor Arsene.
75'- Nemanja Vidic and Adel Taarabt fight for the ball near halfway, with the Serbian coming out on top.
Cameras cut to a rather disgruntled Tony Fernandes in the stands. The QPR owner has not been impressed by much this season.
73'- Less than 20 minutes to play at Loftus Road as QPR continue to scrap their way back into the game.
It's Jamie Mackie who departs from Hoilett as Harry Redknapp makes his move.
71'- Wayne Rooney is tripped by Chris Samba close to the halfway line. United take a quick free kick, but eventually, Rafael can't deliver an accurate cross from the byline.
Junior Hoilett prepaing to come on for the home side.
69'- Replays show Robin van Persie's injury came as a result of him falling into a cameraman, banging his already fragile hip.
Antonio Valencia comes on for Ashley Young. A decent, hard-working display by Young, if not the most effective.
66'- Good opportunity for sub Loic Remy as he cuts inside onto his right foot, before firing a shot that's well-saved by David de Gea.
The resulting corner sees Chris Samba climb highest, but head wide.
64'- Not for the first time today, Adel Taarabt takes a couple of touches, before firing an ill-advised shot on goal. This one is easily blocked by Rio Ferdinand.
Bottom-placed QPR are currently 48 points behind league-leaders Manchester United in the EPL, they've not beaten the Red Devils since New Year's Day in 1992.
62'- Jermaine Jenas weaves past Rio Ferdinand then feeds Zamora who plays a quick pass out to Traore, but the full-back's first touch is horrible. Goal kick.
Wayne Rooney is introduced for Javier Hernandez for the Red Devils, Remy on for Zamora for QPR.
60'- Ashley Young shows great strength and skill to evade a pressuring Jamie Mackie within his own half, clears upfield.
Manchester United are unbeaten in their last 14 Premier League matches and 16 games in all competitions.
57'- Rafael goes down hurt for United following a rather high boot from Clint Hill. QPR player lucky not to be booked.
Resulting set piece drifts past a leaping Nemanja Vidic for a goal kick.
55'- It's QPR who have seized the initiative in this second half, pushing the Red Devils further and further back into their own half
Harry Redknapp's side's most recent result came in a demoralising 4-1 loss to Swansea City. They've been a lot better today, though.
52'- Good opportunity for QPR as Townsend finds himself with plenty of space just outside the United box.
His pass to the overlapping Taarabt is overhit though, and de Gea easily claims.
50'- QPR finally resort to a long ball when they can't break United down on the ground. Great pressure by Sir Alex's side.
The Red Devils' last domestic defeat came in mid-November at Norwich City. No sign of that record being beaten so far today.
48'- The Red Devils start the second half on the front foot as an Ashley Young cross almost draws a fumble from Julio Cesar.
QPR 0-1 Manchester United
46'- We're back underway at Loftus Road. Can QPR turns thing around?
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45+2'- The half time whistle blows with Manchester United taking a 1-0 lead into the break.
It was Rafael who scored the Red Devils' goal with a stunning long range volley from 25 yards out.
QPR not yet out of the game, especially with Robin van Persie having been withdrawn due to injury.
Stay tuned for the second 45 minutes.
45'- Evra eventually gets up, with plenty of Red Devils protesting the non-decision.
Two minutes added time before the half.
43'- Townsend takes the ball from a dawdling Evra and leads a brisk QPR counter attack.
Nothing comes of it though, Patrice Evra is down hurt after the English winger caught him in the face with an inadvertant boot.
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