QPR 0 Manchester United 2 – Red Devils go top of the Premier League
Manchester United claimed top spot in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon, landing a hard-fought 2-0 win at Loftus Road to go temporarily ahead of Manchester City.
December 18th, 2011
Sir Alex Ferguson named an unchanged side from the one that beat Wolves 4-1 and the Red Devils were fast out of the traps to score the opening goal of the game.
Wayne Rooney cushioned a header into the path of Antonio Valencia before racing into the box and nodding the ball past Cerny to give United a very early lead.
The champions were dominant in the early stages and Rangers took a while to establish a foothold in the match, with Rio Ferdinand and Jonny Evans working effectively in the centre of defence after Nemanja Vidic was ruled out for the rest of the season.
It wasn’t long after the break that United doubled their lead, with Michael Carrick firing home from just inside the area, with Ferguson deciding to replace Danny Welbeck with Javier Hernandez shortly after that second goal.
Rooney also made way for Ryan Giggs towards the end of the game, although the striker had done the damage in the early stage of the game, as well as making life difficult for a defence that were missing Anton Ferdinand for the first time this season.
United will now be hoping that Arsenal can pull off a victory at Eastlands which would mean the Red Devils are top going into Wednesday’s game at Fulham.