Manchester United 2, Q.P.R. 0 (Zagat-style)

“Already massive underdogs against the champions,” 10-man “QPR were well beaten at Old Trafford.”

Wayne Rooney and Paul Scholes scored in each half” – for Scholes, “it was his third league goal since coming out of retirement in January” – “as Premier League leader Manchester” “United’s “eighth straight league win increased the pressure on crosstown rival Manchester City.”

In the 14th minute, “Ashley Young, feeling a hand placed upon him by Shaun Derry, went down as if wearing Tom Daley‘s trunks. The argument will go that Derry should not have touched Young,” but “the sending off of the visitors’ captain made it a triple whammy of suspect officiating as” “Young was a few feet offside.” If the whistle had blown, “Mark Hughes‘s side would have been punting the free-kick away instead of restarting 1-0 and a man down.”

“United should have run up a huge score, such was their overwhelming dominance thereafter.” As it was, it was huge enough, and “the defeat leaves QPR on 28 points, only outside the three-team relegation positions on goal difference ahead of Blackburn and Wigan.”

via West London Sport; Yahoo! Sports; Telegraph; The Guardian; ITN.co.uk; and Businessweek.

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