Player Ratings: Manchester United vs Queens Park Rangers
Manchester United came from behind yet again this season to secure a 3-1 victory against Queens Park Rangers. After going down by a goal early in the first half, United rallied to win the match by 2 goals, winning 18 points from losing positions this season.
The United second choice goalkeeper didn’t have much to do in the game, but still failed to keep the clean sheet which has not been easy for the club this season.
The United skipper had a very ordinary game and constantly lost the ball to right back Stephane Mbia. However, he created a lot of half chances which helped United identify the loop holes in the QPR defense.
Rafael Da Silva-8
In the absence of Antonio Valencia, Rafael impressed one and all with his performance at right back. He delivered the crosses to perfection, but the highlight was when he kept out a Clint Hill header out of the goal in the second half.
After missing out the games against Norwich and Galatasaray with a groin injury, Evans put up a decent performance alongside Rio Ferdinand. He was the scorer of United’s equalizer when his header found the back of the net from a Wayne Rooney cross.
The ex-England defender had a good game on Saturday. He impressed one and all by exhibiting his ability to come forward with the ball, a skill many thought that he had stopped. He was very commanding in the air and was able to win headers with considerable ease.
It was a rare disappointing display from the veteran midfielder as he was not given the kind of space that he would have liked. He was ineffective during the course of the first half and was eventually substituted in the second by Javier Hernandez.
Despite putting up a terrible performance in the first half, he came back strong in the second half to give United a 2-1 lead. His much improved performance in the second half might just be enough for him to secure a permanent place in the starting XI for United.
After missing the Norwich and the Galatasaray match, Rooney put up a brilliant show with 2 assists. He again exhibited why Van Persie and him make such a dangerous strike force.
Despite being rested for the midweek game, Young had a terrible outing against QPR, where his disastrous performance prompted Sir Alex Ferguson to bring on in form midfielder Anderson.
Just like Young, Welbeck had a poor game, in which he was unable to translate his England performance against Sweden against QPR. He was withdrawn in the twilight of the match and was replaced by 18 year old sensation Nick Powell.
It wasn’t the best of games for the ‘flying Dutchman’ as he received no service from any of the playmakers whatsoever. His contribution however was notified by the corners that he took.
Javier Hernandez (Paul Scholes)-9
He has been the chief saviour of the team this season, leaving his mark on every game by coming off the bench and scoring, thus showing his critics how important he is to the team.
Anderson (Ashley Young)-8.5
After coming on for Ashley Young, the Brazilian impressed with his strength and his pacey runs through the QPR defence He provided the assist for Hernandez’s goal.
Nick Powell (Danny Welbeck)-N/A
Queens Park Rangers
He has been the lone consistent performer in for QPR this season.He had a fairly decent game but was let down by his defenders.
Hill had a poor outing in the second half as he failed to defend his territory and eventually conceding 3 goals. He often lost his head when he accused both Young and Van Persie of diving. However, he was good when it came to set pieces and created havoc in the United defence.
The New Zealand international was not able to pick the pace of Welbeck or Hernandez and was disappointing throughout the match.
Instead of being started as a centre back, Mbia was played at right back, a move that proved effective given his neat tackling and his pace and strength being superior compared to Wayne Rooney, Patrice Evra and Ashley Young.
The ex Arsenal defender has a good outing until he had to be withdrawn due to an injury for Anton Ferdinand in the second half.
Kieron Dyer- 7
Dyer was fantastic in the first half, he was instrumental in keeping the home side at bay, but his good start began to wear off in the second half as United went on put 3 past them.
The corresponding fixtndinure last season saw Derry sent off for an Ashley Young dive. This match saw Derry lose his head when Young did the same to Clint Hill. He was far from his best and could have done better in the second half in midfield.
The Moroccan was failed to make an impact as he always does and was disappointing with his passing, defending and shooting. His disappointing display prompted QPR to bring him off for Junior Hoilett.
The Argentine midfielder got a rare start with Park Ji Sung missing out on an injury. He was good in patches and created half chances every now and then. He was replaced by Esteban Granero in the second half.
The Scot had a great a game at Old Trafford, scoring the solitary goal for his side and giving them the lead in the second half.
The Frenchman lacked the service from his team mates, due to which he had to drop back into his own half to regain possession for his team.
Anton Ferdinand (Armand Traore)-6
Ferdinand was brought on for the injured Traore, a move that let the defence down heavily.
Junior Hoilett (Adel Taarabt) – N/A
Esteban Granero (Alejandro Faurlin) – N/A