Match Report: QPR 0-2 Manchester United

That United’s two goals came from two second half substitutes says much about our their performance overall and particularly about the 3-5-2 formation that Van Gaal continues to put his faith in: here, his side only really looked capable of winning this game when it was abandoned. Although the Reds were scarcely at their best for the ninety minutes, the introduction of Fellaini and Wilson led to a far more convincing attacking approach after half-time and ultimately United became only the third side this season to leave Loftus Road with three points.

Although wehad the majority of first half possession and Falcao forced an early save out of Green, the best chances in the early stages fell to QPR. A foul throw from Valencia led to the ball falling to Vargas from the re-take, who looped his shot onto the roof of the net. Soon after, De Gea was forced to save from Zamora after a mistake from Evans had allowed Zamora a shot on goal and was called into action twice to deny Austin, the first a routine save from a volley, the second a superb effort after the QPR forward had attempted a dipping shot from twenty yards.

By then, United had been denied a penalty when Barton blatantly blocked Rooney’s run in the box, but there was a disjointedness about United’s attacking play, a sense that too many players were playing in unfamiliar positions: alongside the much-criticised three at the back, Di Maria once again struggled to make an impact in a forward role and the bizarre sight of Phil Jones coming up to take corners seemed to emphasise the square-peg-in-round-hole nature of United’s approach.

United brought Fellaini on for Mata at half-time and, though QPR threatened from a couple of set-pieces, the Reds began to look more balanced and Falcao almost converted the first of several second half chances, only for his header to be palmed aside by Green, who became much the busier keeper in the second half. Soon after the Reds went four at the back, Wilson coming on for Evans to allow Di Maria to return to a more familiar midfield position and moments later United took the lead, a Valencia cut-back find Fellaini in the box; he Belgian to hit it with power into the roof of the net.

Despite the productive changes, the performance still remained ragged in many areas. A mix-up between Rojo and Carrick left QPR with three on two and a better team would surely have exploited the situation. Instead the attack fizzled out and soon after it was United who were guilty of squandering an opportunity when an excellent ball from Blind found Wilson and Falcao narrowly failed to put away the young forward’s cross. Minutes later the Colombian just failed to get his head to Wilson’s cross.
Although QPR threw players forward as the game approached its close, their attacks lacked invention and Falcao once again failed to connect after a beautifully timed ball forward from Di Maria was cleared by Green as he bore down on it. Instead it was left to the impressive Wilson to round things off as his first shot rebounded back to him and he finished calmly. It secured a useful three points that thankfully put to an end that worrying run of three games without a Premiership win,  the performance overall still left much room for improvement.

4 Comments

  1. Sir Matt must be turning in his grave at the rubbish being served up Van Gaal.

    Moyes was out of his depth. He spent too long in the non-winning, Premier League survival is success, environment that is Goodison. He failed to step up to the next level. He was a lamb to the slaughter. At least I could rationalize it all

    Van Gaal is different. Superficially at least he has a ‘been there, done that’ creditable CV. He has coached at the highest level in different countries. You would think he knows the landscape. So why on Earth is he dishing up such turgid rubbish when he has the likes of Di Maria, Rooney, Falcao, Mata, Van Persie, Wilson, Januzaj and Herrera available?

    3-5-2 is inane and boring and it is so mind-numbing to watch especially given the talent United possesses going forward.

  2. to win in europe, you must have 3 in the center of midfield. to win in premier league, you can do with 2 in the center of midfield.
    i think even sir alex realized this in his book when they played barcelona.
    maybe that’s why they play 3-5-2. lvg wants to play 2 forwards and 3 in center mid. maybe he doesn’t believe in playing 2 central defenders because the players at his disposal are not good enough?
    hey! it’s lvg’s problem not mine! i just want to be entertained by an exciting, ruthless, never say die football team! i don’t want to fall asleep watching manu play!

  3. No matter which way it gets twisted and turned.It,s crap, boring, slow,toothless and not entertaining at all.Think the fans have been kind so far.Of course VG is a good manager,thats for sure.He has that aura of king eskimo and he is the boss.Just like Moyes though,he has to win and he might last longer than Moysie but I think the fans will know what they want.Vg will either get the players to play his phillosophy or he will have to adapt outof the time facter.

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