Another day, another game, another recovery. Yes its the story of the season so far. United conceeded the first goal for the 9th time in our 13 league games so far. But in typical fashion, our remarkable powers of recovery were evident again as we hit back to a comfortable 3-1 victory against bottom of the league QPR.
After a lacklustre first half where not a lot happened and only a few chances fell our way, the 2nd half soon sparked into life when Kieron Dyer’s low cross was palmed out by Lindegaard into the path of Jamie Mackie who tapped home from close range.
Sir Alex rang the changes, replacing Young and Scholes with the far more dynamic Anderson and Hernandez. And in the space of 8 second half minutes, United had turned 0-1 into 3-1 thanks to goals from Evans, Fletcher and Hernandez.
The victory took United back to the top of the league before tomorrows key clash between Chelsea and City. Despite the performance not being superb, the main thing is we got the 3 points.
Anders Lindegaard: Not a lot to do today. Possibly could have got a bit more on the cross that led to the QPR goal but certainly no blame attatched to him. 6/10
Rafael: Had a decent game at right back, not a lot of defending to do today. Did well going forward but always seems to operate better with Valencia in front of him. Headed off the line late on. 6/10
Rio Ferdinand: Again, not much to do defensively. Worked well with Jonny Evans and read the game well. 7/10
Jonny Evans: Man of the match. After being a doubt for the match, did really well at the back. Made some surging runs forward and capped his day with a goal to bring us level. 9/10
Patrice Evra: Decent game down the left flank. 6/10
Ashley Young: Poor game from young today. Relied on him for service to our 3 strikers and he failed to deliver. Subsituted. 4/10
Darren Fletcher: Provided some protection to the back 4, grabbed a goal from a cracking header on his first league start in a year. 6/10
Paul Scholes: Had a claim for a penalty in the first half. Was rightly booked for a series of clumsy challenges. Some of his passing wasn’t as accurate to what we have become accustomed to. Personally I thought he slowed the game down unfortunately. Substituted. 5/10
Danny Welbeck: Was stuck out wide for the majority of the game, occasionally drifting into the middle. Relinquished posession quite often and couldn’t quite get his game together. Lots of effort but no end product. Substituted. 5/10
Wayne Rooney: A seemingly rusty performance from Wayne, but did well to drop deep and pick up the ball. Put in 2 sublime corners for our first and second goals. A reasonable performance 7/10
Robin van Persie: Didnt really have all his guns blazing today. Decided to pass on a couple of occasions where at times you hoped he would lash it into the back of the net. Needed better service to make more of an impact. 6/10
Anderson: Came on to replace Scholes and instantly changed the game. Picked the ball up and ran with it. Injected lots of energy into the display, as well as threading a lovely ball for Uniteds 3rd goal. Contender for man of the match. 9/10
Javier Hernandez: Did well with the ball when he came on for Ashley Young. Good movement outside of the box as well as a neat and tidy finish for the 3rd goal after he latched onto Andersons pass 7/10
Nick Powell: Came on for Welbeck late on but was stuck out on the left and didnt have much chance to make an impression.