Queens Park 0 Man United 2
Queens Park 0 Manchester United 2, Loftus Road, English Premier League, January 17, 2015. Manchester United managed to raise their game several notches against Queens Park Rangers at Shepherd´s Bush to beat the West London club 2-0. Marouane Fellaini opened the scoring account on 58 minutes, while James Wilson hit a late goal in the 90th minute.
The Mancunians approached the trip to Shepherd´s Bush with some kind of trepidation following the embarrassing 1-0 defeat against surprise team Southampton at their Old Trafford base six days earlier. In the reverse encounter of the 2014-15 season, Manchester United had soundly defeated recently promoted Queens Park Rangers to the convincing tune of a 4-0 margin at The Theatre of Dreams with one goal apiece from Angel Di Maria, Wayne Rooney, Ander Herrera, and Juan Mata in the 24th 36th, 44th, and 58th minutes of the one-sided affair respectively. This time around, previous Goodison Park midfield warlord Marouane Fellaini and young forward James Wilson saved the day for The Manchester Reds as the two second half replacements registered both goals during a deserved, but hard fought, 2-0 Premier League triumph against The Hoops at Loftus Road. This was the first time that two substitutes had made the scoresheet in a Premiership match for Manchester United since strikers Cristiano Ronaldo and David Bellion found the back of the net in a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on the 20th of March 2004.
Former Kintbury Rangers, Hungerford Town, Poole Town, Swindon Town, and Burnley player Charlie Austin came close to scoring twice for The Hoops during the first frame, but the England prospect was denied on both occasions by acrobatic Manchester United and Spain shot stopper David de Gea. Following the half time refreshments, United gaffer Louis van Gaal decided to change his favoured 5-3-2 formation to a 4-4-2 in order to create more goal scoring opportunities, and, in reverting to an orthodox back four, replaced Spaniard Juan Mata with Belgian international Marouane Fellaini. And as time wore on, it was Fellaini who managed to break the defensive deadlock when the Brussels born playmaker powered home from close range two minutes before the hour mark. The West Londoners pushed hard for an equalising goal, but the home side failed to find the target against a disciplined and well organised Manchester United defence. Then, in the dying seconds of the second period of the tie, Jonny Evans replacement James Wilson produced the second and final goal of the afternoon as the nineteen-year-old frontman beat Queens Park Rangers and Three Lions custodian Robert Green to make the final score 2-0 in favour of the visitors. Wilson had now notched up three Premier League goals in eleven appearances for Manchester United, while Fellaini had recorded the same amount in 29 top flight games for The Red Devils since signing for the Old Trafford club at the front end of the 2013-14 campaign. Queens Park Rangers Team: Robert Green, Clint Hill, Nedum Onuoha, Richard Dunne, Mauricio Isla, Leroy Fer, Joey Barton, Karl Henry, Charlie Austin, Eduardo Vargas, Bobby Zamora. Substitutes: Steven Caulker, Rio Ferdinand, Niko Kranjcar, Adel Taarabt, Junior Hoilett, Mauro Zarate, Alex McCarthy. Manchester United Team: David de Gea, Jonathan Evans, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Antonio Valencia, Michael Carrick, Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata, Daley Blind, Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao. Substitutes: Paddy McNair, Chris Smalling, Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini, Adnan Januzaj, James Antony Wilson, Victor Valdes.