Queens Park 0 Man Utd 2

Sir Alex Ferguson

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.

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