Player Ratings Following QPR vs. Manchester United Face Off At Old Trafford

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Under normal circumstance QPR vs Manchester United would be considered a typical David vs Goliath match, a relegation favorite looking for a scalp against a top 4 prospect. Yet, the lead up to this game was far from normal as QPR faced off with Manchester United in an early six pointer.

Three games in and Man U still only had two points and looked like they might not even scratch the top six while Rangers, with 3 points, had their best chance to get a win from United since 1992, when they came away with a 4-1 victory at Old Trafford. Unfortunately for QPR United found their usual form as Joey Barton was out with an injury and left Ranges empty when it came to creating chances. While Wayne Rooney dominated the entire game both creating chances and getting a goal.

The first half was entirely United’s as they scored 3 goals and cut through the opposition like butter knocking the ball around in crisp clean passes. It still took them 23 minutes to break the deadlock as Clint Hill made some crucial saves for the visitors. United broke the deadlock after a QPR foul on the edge of the area that lead to Di Maria’s fist goal for the club which swung in and barely missed any players and bounced it past Rob Green who was completely beat not expecting the ball to float over the back line.

QPR had a chance to equalize through Matty Phillips who received the ball and moved past De Gea on the edge of the box, but stuffed his shot low and United’s defense was there to clean it up. Man U’s second and third goals were scored after overwhelming the QPR midfield with their quick passing and link up play between Herrera and Rooney who both placed their goals low and to the right.

After the break Ranger brought on Armand Traore looking for a bit more pace, and at one point he took on four red shirts and had half a chance but was a step too late and couldn’t get his shot of in time. QPR did well to hold of the onslaught of charges from the home side for most of the second half, but got caught on the break and good spacing from United got Juan Mata into an area he never should have been unmarked and made it easy for him to crash his shot into the top of the net to deal the deal.

Final score QPR 0 Manchester United 4.

United XI:

De Gea: 6 didn’t have much to do but made the saves that mattered.
Rafael: 6 got into good spaces and made some crucial stops.
Evans: 6 solid at the back.
Rojo: 6 decent debut, going to be an important player for United throughout the season as
he begins to fit in with his new team.
Blackett: 7 played some good balls from the back.
Blind: 7 got forward while still playing well defensively.
Herrera: 8 made dangerous moves and took his goal well.
Mata: 7 likewise moved well and snuck in behind Rio to put the nail in the coffin.
Di Maria: 8 was all over the place in the first half. Got lucky to score off the
free kick, but it was well taken.
Rooney: 9
van Persie: 6 got into dangerous spaces but couldn’t quiet execute.

Subs:
Valencia: 5 got into some space and created a few chances.
Falcao: 5 didn’t do much but moved well.
Januzaj: wasn’t on long enough to have an impact.

QPR XI:

Green: 5 would give him less but he made some really quality saves that keep the
scoreline from being 6 or 7 nil.
Isla: 8 one of the only QPR players who looked comfortable, got into dangerous
areas, and kept fighting till the end.
Ferdinand: 4 should’ve done better to read the opposition on his return to Old
Trafford.
Caulker: 5 wasn’t there the way he has been against Sunderland and put another
chance from a corner wide.
Hill: 10 despite his age he plays well and for his love of the badge.
Kranjčar: 6 did his best to make scoring chances but didn’t have enough around him.
Sandro: 6 played well defensively but also had no help.
Fer: 6 was good in spurts but kept stealing from the rich to give to the rich.
Phillips: 5 fought hard but looked out of his element.
Hoilett: 5 similar situation as Phillips.
Austin: 4 didn’t get the service he needed and hasn’t quite acclimated to the pace
of the Premier League

Subs:
Traore: 8 tried till the end and make some good runs forward. Almost has a good
chance to score but couldn’t get his shot off in time.
Vargas: 4 didn’t do much.
Henry: 4 not cut out for this level anymore.

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