Queens Park 0 Man Utd 2
Queens Park Rangers 0 Manchester United 2, Loftus Road, English Premier League, February 23, 2013. Rafael da Silva received some well earned praise from Sir Alex Ferguson after the wing back scored an astonishing opening goal to set Manchester United up for a 2-0 win over Queens Park Rangers. The Reds were now fifteen points ahead of second place Manchester City with a match more played.
Manchester United entered this fixture on the back of a comfortable, but close, 2-1 FA Cup Fifth Round victory over Reading at Old Trafford, while Queens Park Rangers had lost 4-1 against Swansea City at Liberty Stadium in their last game. And as expected before the match, Sir Alex Ferguson´s boys took the initiative from the beginning and dictated the proceedings for the better part of the contest. Manchester United right fullback Rafael da Silva eventually powered the red shirts into a fully deserved lead when he hammered the ball home from more than twenty yards out in the twenty-third minute of the tie. Ryan Giggs then recorded the second goal of the afternoon for United as he managed to put a carefully placed close range effort past Rangers custodian Julio Cesar and into the net with only some ten minutes left. With respect to Loftus Road manager Harry Redknapp, Manchester United won the clash against Queens Park Rangers without any apparent difficulties and deservedly gained all three points in an encounter which they dominated throughout. The Hoops struggled for possession for long periods of the match and never posed a real threat against the visiting side from Manchester. Sir Alex Ferguson: “Rafael da Silva´s goal was fantastic and it was probably the goal of the month. Robin van Persie also had a great run and strike but the goalkeeper saved it. You have to get that second goal and Ryan Giggs has a great record of scoring here. Giggs has delivered again. Giggs is an amazing man. Van Persie seems to have collided with the camera dugout. We will assess him tomorrow; it was his hip. It will be tender but hopefully Van Persie will be alright in time for the Real Madrid game.” Queens Park Rangers Team: Julio Cesar, Clinton Hill, Jose Bosingwa da Silva, Armand Traore, Stephane Mbia, Christopher Samba, Esteban Felix Granero, Jamie Mackie, Adel Taarabt, Bobby Zamora, Andros Townsend. Substitutes: Nedum Onuoha, Jermaine Jenas Ji-Sung Park, Junior Hoilett, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Loic Remy, Rob Green. Manchester United Team: David de Gea, Rafael da Silva, Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra, Nemanja Vidic, Michael Carrick, Ryan Giggs, Javier Hernandez, Ashley Young, Luis Nani, Robin van Persie. Substitutes: Jonny Evans, Antonio Valencia, Oliveira Anderson, Tom Cleverley, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck, Anders Lindegaard.