Redknapp’s job in doubt – as QPR lose 2-0 to United at home.
Two second-half goals was enough to give Manchester United the three points, as they beat Queens Park Rangers away with great help from David De Gea in goal.
Manchester United were looking to bounce back from their bad result against Southampton at home last week, losing 0-1 without having a single shot on target. Many were not happy with the display, as the Red Devils had all the possession but were never dangerous with the ball.
Queens Park Rangers on the other hand have been playing even worse lately, as they have only managed to win one game in their last six Premier League fixtures. In their last match, they lost 2-1 away to Burnley, making them the first team in Premier League history, to lose all their first ten away games in a row. A stat, which has put manager Harry Redknapp’s job in jeopardy.
Making things worse for QPR; is their long injury list. Defender Armand Traore was ruled out of today’s fixture due to a toe injury, while Sandro and Yun Suk-Young also remained side-lined.
United manager, Louis Van Gaal, has never been happier with his injury list, as he last week happily announced that he had only “ONE” injured. However, that has since changed, as Robin Van Persie was out of today’s squad with a minor ankle problem, while defender Rafael is still recovering from an old injury and Ashley Young is unavailable because of a hamstring problem.
The Red devils needed to win today’s game, as a loss or a draw could put them fifth in the league; as Arsenal could go above them if they beat Manchester City on Sunday. QPR’s loss to Burnley put them 19th in the League, only one point beneath the relegation zone, and would a win against United help to put them above them bottom three.
However, the stats were not in QPR’s favour, as United have beaten them five consecutive times in the Premier League. Not only that, but QPR has never beaten United in the Premier League, D2, L11. Last time they won at Loftus Road was in May 1989, winning 4-1.
As expected, it was United who had the first real chance of the game, when Mata in the 13th minute with a wonderful cross found an unmarked Falcao inside the box, whose left footed shot hit straight at Green who also managed to block the rebound.
QPR had a great chance to take the lead seven minutes later, when top scorer Austin received the ball outside the box, and with a powerful shot forced De Gea to produce an excellent stop to parry it away.
Austin was again on the spot in the 31st minute, when he with a great touch fired a stunning 25-yard volley toward the top corner, which again forced De Gea to make an acrobatic save to divert the ball.
In the second half, United played much better and had most of the possession. Falcao who has not had a great season for the Red Devils, tried really hard to get a goal, and in the 55th minute he should have made it 1-0, when he was unmarked and received a great cross from Di Maria, which he headed straight on Green in goal.
However, United kept trying, and three minutes later, they got their goal. Rooney played the ball for Valencia, who with a great run on the right, passed the ball back to Fellaini on the penalty spot who made it 1-0 with an easy finish.
QPR then went on the attack, and in the last 20 minutes of the game, it was QPR who tried to get the equaliser. The closest they got to a goal was in the 90th minute, when a Joey Barton finish found an unmarked Isla on the right, who with a great run turned left and smashed the ball from a close range towards the neat post, but was again denied by De Gea in goal.
Having most of their players on the United half in order to get the equaliser, QPR had left a big space in the back, and in the 94th minute, Wilson received the ball on the half-way line on the break, making it three against three. Wilson saw his low shot finish superbly saved, but luckily got the rebound from a sleeping QPR defence and fired it into the corner for 2-0.
The game finished with United taking all tree points, which puts them in third position with 40 points. However, Southampton still need to face Newcastle, which could change United’s position.
Louis Van Gaal will undoubtedly be happier with his teams’ performance today, as they managed to find the net, which they had trouble with against Southampton.
United will have a chance to stay third, if they manage to beat Leicester at home on Saturday 31st January. However, they will first travel to Cambridge away in the FA Cup next weekend.
QPR will take this defeat as a bad loss, as they will feel they could have gotten more out of the game. The defeat puts them in the same position as they were before the game, and must Harry Redknapp rethink his tactics, if QPR wants to get anything out of their next game, which will be away at Stoke on Saturday 31st January.