Manchester United may have a very good record of winning five games out of seven at Loftus Road, but their trip to London was by no means a cake-walk. This was a venue where Chelsea came unstuck and finished the game with nine men on the field, as Manchester City had a torrid time dealing with Heidar Helgusson and Jay Bothroyd but somehow managed to concede two goals, grabbing their three points. With Nemanja Vidic and Darren Fletcher out for the rest of the season, there is always going to be talk of how United can cope with strong and traditional centre-forwards.
However, this was a game whose result might have been predicted, but the performances were those of players who had been panned quite a bit in the past. Read on to see what we can learn from a match like this.