United move 15 points clear
Manchester United moved 15 points clear at the top of the Premier League with a 2-0 away win over bottom-of-the-log Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road on Saturday.
Goals in each half from Rafael and Ryan Giggs saw Sir Alex Ferguson’s side move one step closer to reclaiming the league title, establishing a massive lead that piles the pressure on second-placed Manchester City ahead of their crunch clash against Chelsea on Sunday.
United opened the scoring on 23 minutes through a screamer from Rafael. QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar punched out a low cross from Robin van Persie and the Brazilian right-back proceeded to strike a breath-taking volley into the top corner from a couple of metres outside the box.
Twelve minutes later the home side almost came up with an equaliser through Chris Samba, but his header was cleared off the line by Rafael. The United no.2 then proceeded to play a great diagonal on the counter attack to put Van Persie in on goal, but the striker was denied by a fine save from Cesar.
United suffered a blow five minutes before the break when Van Persie limped off with that looked like a hip injury, leading to Danny Welbeck’s introduction, while Nemanja Vidic almost doubled the lead with a header that went just wide of the target.
United‘keeper David De Gea had almost nothing to do in the first half, but 20 minutes into the second he produced a sharp reaction save to keep out an effort from substitute Loic Remy that looked destined for the back of the net.
The Red Devils ended the match as a contest on 80 minutes when Ryan Giggs sprung the offside trap and fired the ball past Cesar to make it 2-0. Two minutes later the 39-year-old veteran hit the crossbar with an impish chip as the visitors threatened to extend their advantage.