Date: 18th December 2011 at 9:52pm
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Manchester United moved to the top of the league table for a few hours after beating Queens Park Rangers two goals to nil. United were unlucky to only score two in a convincing performance in which a strong attacking side were thwarted many times by Radek Cerny wearing the gloves for QPR.

United got off to the best start possible when Wayne Rooney headed Antonio Valencia’s cross home in the 53rd second to put his side ahead. Despite an early first goal United had to wait a while for the next as chances were wasted and saved. In the 56th minute Michael Carrick picked the ball up at the halfway line to run through the QPR half and curl the ball into the bottom of the net to double United’s lead.

With United’s injury problems worsening, following news of Darren Fletcher being out for the foreseeable future, Phil Jones joined Michael Carrick in midfield again as the young versatile player played yet another great match. Jones looked good on all fronts as he dug in at the back and also made charging runs forward, coming close to grabbing himself a goal a couple of times.

Jones’ midfield partner, Michael Carrick, also put in an impressive performance with tidy passing bringing the team together. United were able to build their attacks from a strong centre midfield paring of Jones and Carrick.

However the best performer for the winners was Wayne Rooney. The forward got off to a strong start wasting only 53 seconds in getting himself a goal as he added to his two goals from last week in his goal drought recovery.

From then on Rooney was almost unplayable giving the Queens Park Rangers’ defence a torrid afternoon. He ran at the defence taking players on with ease when the opportunity arose. Rooney was capable of creating chances throughout and was unfortunate to not double his tally for the match.

As well as creating his own chances Rooney was also instrumental in others chances providing his team mates with plenty of their own goal scoring chances. Rooney was centre of the attacks for his team with clever passing and his threatening runs opening up the opposition.

Manchester United’s recovery from European knockout continued as they kept the pressure on rivals Manchester City with a win away to Queens Park Rangers. Rooney helped United to their win with the team looking dangerous whenever he was on the ball as QPR were backed into a corner and could have been on the end of a goal rout.

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