Man United 2 Queens Park 0

Paul Scholes

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.

 

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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.

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