Man United 2 Queens Park 0
Manchester United 2 Queens Park Rangers 0, Old Trafford, English Premier League, April 8, 2012. Manchester United comfortably beat Queens Park Rangers by 2-0 at home. Wayne Rooney scored the first goal of the match from the spot on fifteen minutes before Paul Scholes hit a second for the hosts with a fierce shot from the edge of the box in the 68th minute.
Manchester United entertained relegation battlers Queens Park Rangers at Old Trafford on the second Sunday of April 2012. The last time the two clubs had played each other, Sir Alex Ferguson’s title contenders had defeated The Hoops 2-0 at Loftus Road in West London courtesy of goals from England internationals Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick and, not surprisingly, they were strong favourites to win the Sunday fixture. Manchester United entered the encounter fresh from a 2-0 victory against nearby neighbours Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park where Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young had scored the goals for the visitors, while Queens Park Ranger had beaten London rivals Arsenal 2-1 at Shepherd´s Bush through goals from Morocco winger Adel Taarabt and Mali international Samba Diakite. Unfortunately, Manchester United had to do without the services of hard working midfield dynamo Oliviera Anderson who was out with a hamstring injury. Also on the injury list were goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard; defender Nemanja Vidic, midfielder Darren Fletcher; and forward Michael Owen. The West Londoners, on the other hand, were missing defender Fitz Hall; midfielders Kieron Dyer and Alejandro Faurlin; and forwards Djibril Ciss and Federico Macheda.
Manchester United had won twelve, drawn one and lost two Premier League matches at home so far in the season, whereas Queens Park had won three, drawn two and lost ten away games in the Premiership. Rangers put in a highly spirited performance against United, but two goals either side of the break handed the Old Trafford men the win. Fifteen minutes into the first half of the tie, Manchester United were awarded a penalty when Ashley Young was brought down inside the area by Queens Park Rangers skipper Shaun Derry who was somewhat harshly red carded by match official Lee Mason. Wayne Rooney stepped up and the marksman made no mistakes from the penalty spot to give Manchester United a fully deserved 1–0 lead. United eventually sealed the win eight minutes past the hours mark when former Three Lions player Paul Scholes hammered home from some twenty yards out to make the scoreline read 2–0 in favour of the hosts. Fellow midfielder Michael Carrick almost netted the third goal shortly afterwards, but his thunderbolt effort hit the inside of the post and flew across the face of the goal. Once again, Scholes took the eye with an excellent performance and the classic midfield playmaker was applauded off the field by the Manchester United supporters when he eventually was replaced by Tom Cleverley in the 74th minute. With Roberto Mancini´s Manchester City losing narrowly 1–0 to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, The Manchester Reds were now eight points ahead of their bitter rivals. Manchester United Team: David de Gea, Patrice Evra, Rafael da Silva, Jonny Evans, Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes, Antonio Valencia, Michael Carrick, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck, Ashley Young. Substitutes: Ben Amos, Phil Jones, Tom Cleverley, Ryan Giggs, Ji-Sung Park, Paul Pogba, Javier Hernandez. Queens Park Rangers Team: Paddy Kenny, Clint Hill, Nedum Onuoha, Taye Taiwo, Anton Ferdinand, Shaun Derry, Samba Diakite, Akos Buzsaky, Adel Taarabt, Jamie Mackie, Jay Bothroyd. Substitutes: Radek Cerny, Danny Gabbidon, Luke Young, Tommy Smith, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Dudley Junior Campbell, Bobby Zamora.
Paul Scholes Quickfacts
Paul Scholes hit a hat-trick as Manchester United outclassed West Ham United to the tune of a comprehensive 7-1 scoreline in a Premier League fixture at Old Trafford on the 1st of April 2000.