Queens Park Rangers

Queens Park Rangers Vs Manchester United Match Report

Marouane Fellaini opened the scoring in the 2-0 win over QPR.

Marouane Fellaini opened the scoring in the 2-0 win over QPR.

Manchester United overcame a spirited Queens Park Rangers performance, to return winning ways after last weeks defeat against Southampton.

The Reds recalled striker Radamel Falcao after Robin Van Persie was unavailable for this one. Di Maria is again up front for the Reds in a new tactical formation for Manchester United.

As for QPR, the hosts included Nedum Onuha – but new loan signing Mauro Zarate only could make the bench as Rangers looked to maintain their impressive home form.

It was QPR who started the better as Manchester United were struggling with the 3-5-2 formation, which at times Louis Van Gaal blindly choses it seems. Not to take anything away from the West Londoners who were impressive and matched United for certain parts of this game.

Main man Charlie Austin had a couple of efforts brilliantly saved by Man United keeper David De Gea on both occasions . United were second best in the first half and Manchester United fans let their feelings known to their manager Van Gaal.

Radamel Falcao had a couple of opportunities at the other end, firstly hitting straight at Rob Green then in the second half forcing the QPR into an unbelievable save – but the facts were clear Manchester United were poor.

The Man United fans made their opinion very clear of the first half and what should be done to change it. The Manchester United fans chanted for a change of formation and got their wish of a change of formation as Van Gaal switched to the more renowned United formation of 4-4-2.

With in minutes it lead to the first goal. Antonio Valencia set up Marouane Fellaini who emphatically beat Rob Green in the Rangers goal. QPR pushed for an equaliser but to no avail.

James Wilson who came on as a second half sub, killed the game off as a contest with a classic breakaway goal. The United sub went on a surging run, only to see his shot at the end of it blocked – but fortunately for the youngster he got a second chance.

A good result for United – but the Reds will have to improve on their away from. Manchester United might have won here – but in the last month to many dropped points on the road have allowed United’s rivals back into the race for a top four position.

As for QPR, the Hoops can be proud of such a brave performance. Rangers’ performance wasn’t a performance of a team that is at the wrong end of the table. The performance although a defeat will be encouraging for Harry Redknapp who has been subject to rumours this week of losing his job.

Austin’s Powers

Charlie Austin is proving to be a vital Part of the QPR squad.

Charlie Austin is proving to be a vital member of the QPR squad.

They say football is a team game- but sometimes you need special players ‘to make the team’.Take Louis Suarez for example last season for Liverpool,as good as the Reds were last term- they might not have got so far in the league if it wasn’t for the Uruguayan’s goals. Now that the Uruguayan has left Anfield for Barcelona, everyone can quite clearly see how much the Anfield side are struggling with out Suarez – the Reds are quite clearly lacking that ‘bite’ from last season (pun intended).

Queens Park Rangers will be hoping that charlie Austin will be their ‘special player’ for this season. The former Burnley striker has scored 4 goals in his last 3 games for the Hoops, with 6 goals altogether for the season so far – and the 25 year old could be crucial to the West London’s side battle to avoid the drop.

The sale of Loic Remy must have been a big blow to Harry Redknapp’s QPR – but the sale of the Frenchman to West London rivals Chelsea has only helped Austin ‘raise his game’. A double in a crucial win against Aston Villa and the opening goal in the 2-2 with Manchester City – has only emphasised how vital Charlie Austin is to this QPR side. Bobby Zamora is hard working – but it’s been ‘quite a few seasons’ let’s just say since the 32 year old scored 20 goals a season for example.

Eduardo Vargas had a good world cup for Chile and did grab a brace in the ‘gutsy’ performance against Liverpool. The Chilean has only them 2 goals to date, which at this level isn’t enough. Heaven for bid but if Charlie Austin does get injured, Rangers could struggle.

The 25 year old former Burnley striker did raise eyebrows when he left turf moor and signed for the QPR in a £5 million deal. How Austin has proved his critics wrong, Charlie Austin played a crucial part in the West Londoners promotion to the premier league by scoring 20 goals in the 2013-2014 season.

If Rangers do stay up they will be hoping former Burnley striker Austin manages a similar goal return to that of last season if they are to stand any chance of premier league survival. The main difference from the last QPR team and this current QPR team is that they have a goal scorer in Charlie Austin.