Premier League

April 8, 2012

Full-time

Man Utd

2 - 0

QPR

Premier League

12:30 +00:00, April 8, 2012

Old Trafford, England

Referee: Lee Mason

  • 93'

    FULL TIME A regulation win for the champions but it turned on a big call from Lee Mason - Ashley Young was offside when the ball was played to him and took a tumble when Shaun Derry placed a hand on his side. A penalty and red card followed. After that, QPR didn't really have a chance. United move eight points clear and the title is within their grasp.

  • 92'

    Smith crosses and David De Ga is forced into a rare slice of action, claiming at his near post.

  • 91'

    Plenty of people sloping off early to avoid the crowds.

  • 90'

    Three minutes added....

  • 89'

    After this I'll be hopping straight over to live commentary on Arsenal's clash with Manchester City. Come and join me here, if you please.

  • 88'

    Hot off the press, have a read of QPR's hierarchy having a pop at Ashley Young.

  • 87'

    Lovely one-two between Cleverley and Carrick - another good block prevents it troubling Kenny.

  • 86'

    Valencia finds Jones but his cross is cut out by Hill at the expense of a corner.

  • 85'

    So, with this win seemingly in the bag, attention turns to Manchester City. If they lose at Arsenal, the title race is over. Not my words, Roberto Mancini's.

  • 84'

    Fair to say things are widning down at Old Trafford now.

  • 82'

    Welbeck goes close again, stroking a shot wide from the edge of the box.

  • 81'

    DJ Campbell is trotting on for Bothroyd, who had a thankless task today.

  • 80'

    "Difficult to take after watching numerous replays but Ashley Young could partner Tom Daley at the Olympics," Beard said. Tony Fernandes retweeted it too.

  • 78'

    Phillip Beard, QPR chief exec, has already labelled Ashley Young a "diver" on Twitter.

  • 77'

    Off the post! A ferocious drive from Carrick beats Kenny but smashes back off the inside of the upright. What a hit.

  • 76'

    Smith wins a corner as QPR push a few extra players forward.

  • 75'

    Rafael trudges off too, Tom Cleverly replaces him.

  • 74'

    Scholes heads off and Phil Jones replaces him.

  • 73'

    Rafael slips and falls into Busaky, for which he is booked. Another laughable decision.

  • 72'

    Expect this game to wind down now - with important gamnes coming up for both in the next few days.

  • 71'

    Changes for QPR now, with the game gone, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Tommy Smith replace Taarabt and Diakite.

  • 69'

    Scholes had a good ten yards to run into and line up that shot. Ten men or not, that is poor defending from Rangers.

  • 68'

    That should be that then, a great strike from Scholes. He's given time on the edge to line it up, and he goes for power to thump it past Kenny.

  • 68'

    GOAL Scholes with a screamer!

  • 67'

    Welbeck is frustrating the crowd today - he's missed plenty of chances and delays a cross there when he had red shirts streaming into the area. He does win a corner though.

  • 66'

    The longer the game goes with just one goal in it the more QPR will feel they can nick one.

  • 64'

    Fergie is not happy with Rafael as he collects a short corner but sends his cross out of play.

  • 63'

    Great burst from Valencia, who takes on Taiwo and crosses, but Hill heads clear.

  • 62'

    Ryan Giggs replaces Ashley Young, who dived so theatrically for the penalty.

  • 61'

    Now another two chances for Welbeck! Played inside the area he has a shot on goal with his left but it is weak and Kenny saves. The ball comes back to the striker, who swings a leg on the floor but only succeeds in chipping it into Kenny's arms.

  • 59'

    Rafael hits the bar! Clean through, Kenny gets a vital touch with his leg to ensure the ball hits the bar and is then thwacked to safety.

  • 58'

    It has turned into a decent game this - far more even than in the first half.

  • 57'

    As United break, Scholes has another go but sends the ball flashing four yards wide.

  • 56'

    Two really poor deliveries from Taarabt - criminal when such chances are few and far between.

  • 55'

    The corner is cleared to Diakite, who feeds Busaky, but his shot is blocked. Then Diakite has a pop and wins another corner.

  • 54'

    A good spell for QPR here as Mackie gets into the area again.

  • 53'

    Taarabt did fancy it and crossed, where an Evra glance takes it behind for a corner. Except Lee Mason gives a goal kick. Awful awful awful.

  • 52'

    Reasonable break from QPR there, with Taarabt and Mackie involved. They win a free kick 40 yards from goal too. Taarabt looks like he fancies it.

  • 51'

    All hands to the pump again for QPR, with only Bothroyd on his own up front. Something has got to give soon.

  • 49'

    Nice link up between Young and Welbeck as the former backheels and the latters curls an effort over the bar.

  • 48'

    Looks like Man Utd have been sent out with strict instructions to get number two asap and put this game to bed.

  • 47'

    Welbeck turns home Valencia's cross but the flag is up. That was marginal. Unlike the penalty incident.

  • 46'

    We begin again...

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    Mark Hughes waited in the tunnel to speak to the referee, who clocked him, then stood still on the field with his two assistants. This drew a derogatory wave of the hand from Hughes, who is fuming. Rightly so.

  • 45'

    HALF TIME That's the break. QPR can feel very hard done by after the linesman failed to spot an offside that led to a penalty and a red card for Derry. United looking good to go eight points clear at the top of the table.

  • 44'

    First long range effort of the half from Scholes - decent strike but it was always arrowing wide.

  • 43'

    QPR's passing has let them down at times, as Valencia's hustles back to intercept Buzsaky's ball for Taiwo.

  • 42'

    Evra is the latest to have a crack but he drags his effort wide of the post.

  • 40'

    It's surely a matter of time until Man Utd grab their second, Welbeck has two shots on goal from inside the area - the first is blocked by Ferdinand, the second he scuffs into Kenny's arms.

  • 39'

    Taarabt gets back to cut out Rafael's attempted cross. The full back is effectively playing as a second winger.

  • 38'


    Rooney celebrates his penalty conversion

  • 37'

    Valencia turns in a good ball from wide but Welbeck can't get on top of the ball with his header.

  • 36'

    A good battle between Taiwo and Valencia inside the area. QPR get the free kick - cue ironic cheers from the away supporters.

  • 35'

    Fine effort from Rooney as he tries a curling chip towards the far corner. Kenny is alert to it.

  • 34'

    Bothroyd flicks on a long ball. De Gea picks up.

  • 32'

    A rare opening for QPR as Taarabt as Rafael is careless in possession and is robbed by the midfielder - luckily for him Evans is across to block the shot.

  • 31'

    Evra cuts inside in the area but blasts a right footed shot well wide.

  • 30'

    QPR's fans are letting Lee Mason know exactly what they think of him.

  • 29'

    Rafael is an enthusiastic chap isn't he? Now he wants a penalty after Taiwo slid in to block a cross and brushed the ball with his arm.

  • 27'

    QPR's mission now is surely to try and keep the score at 1-0 for as long as possible and pray that Taarabt can score a worldy from 35 yards or that they sneak one from a set piece.

  • 26'

    Rafael is late on Taarabt and QPR's players want him in the book - especially as he was spoken to earlier after showing dissent to the referee.

  • 25'

    Good move from United as Rooney and Valencia swap passes but the striker's shot is blocked by Hill.

  • 23'

    Big chance for Young as Rooney floats in a lovely ball from the right - he is right at the top of his jump but can only glance wide from a narrow angle.

  • 22'

    With that penalty United have now drawn level with City's goal difference too.

  • 21'

    Taarabt has a pop and a deflection loops it towards the top corner - De Gea tips over. Safe rather than sorry.

  • 20'

    The officials really don't make it easy for themselves sometimes. Now there is a poisonous atmosphere out there.

  • 19'

    Young's effort hits the wall but the pressure is unrelenting. This could get ugly. If QPR lose 6-0 they will sink into the drop zone.

  • 18'

    Hill bumps into Welbeck and United have another free kick on the edge of the box.

  • 17'

    Shades of Chelsea's help from the linesman at Stamford Bridge yesterday. Yet another red card for QPR - seven this season now. This one, however, is unjust. Had Young been offside, then fair enough, but he wasn't.

  • 16'

    Well, where shall we start? Young was a yard offside when the ball was played to him, then there was no more than a hand on his back from Derry - Young went down immediately and the red card was out. Awful officiating.

  • 15'

    GOAL Rooney fires home!

  • 14'

    Derry is off and Utd have a penalty. Firstly, Young was offside and there was minimal contact. Unlucky for Rangers.

  • 12'

    QPR have settled a little after the shaky start, but still have a lack of options whenever they recover the ball.

  • 11'

    Then after that a thumping, late tackle from Rooney on Diakite. That should have been a card. Had he got it, it would have been his first yellow of the season believe it or not.

  • 10'

    QPR's first attack nearly comes up trumps as Mackie plays a nice ball inside Evra for Onuoha but his cross is poor - Taarabt was waiting on the edge but didn't get it.

  • 9'

    This is going to be a long, long afternoon for QPR at this rate. I don't think Bothroyd has kicked the ball once.

  • 8'

    Wow - 92% possession for United so far.

  • 7'

    Fantastic effort from Rooney - to the opposite corner this time, and a flying Kenny turns it round the post for a corner.

  • 6'

    Diakite trips Young this time and United have another free kick within shooting range. Dangerous.

  • 5'

    Evans very nearly turns home the corner and QPR are right under the pump.

  • 4'

    Rooney's effort takes a flick off Ferdinand and goes behind for a corner. It was on target too.

  • 3'

    Foul from Clint Hill and a free kick 30 yards out for the home side.

  • 2'

    A familiar pattern is set - Man Utd pressing, QPR sitting deep.

  • 1'

    KICK OFF

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    Mark Hughes has basically admitted to giving this one up - resting Bobby Zamora ahead of Wednesday's game with Swansea, and not risking Joey Barton because he is on nine bookings for the season. Manchester CIty fans won't be impressed.

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    As for QPR, they are without Joey Barton and Bobby Zamora, who was on the bench, as Jay Bothroyd started a Premier League game for the first time since January.

  •  

    Two changes for Manchester United and Ashley Young and Danny Welbeck replace Phil Jones and Javier Hernandez from the team that defeated Blackburn on Monday.

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    Antonio Valencia is Manchester United's main man at present - can he strike against QPR?

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    Join us at 13.30pm BST to see if Manchester United can open up an eight point gap at the top of the table with a victory over relegation haunted Queens Park Rangers.