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Shot from just outside the area by Javier Hernandez goes over the bar.
Ashley Young takes a shot. Save made by Radek Cerny.
Patrice Evra gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie Mackie. Free kick crossed right-footed by Joey Barton.
Clint Hill takes a shot from 18 yards. Save by David De Gea.
Chris Smalling is penalised for a handball. Matthew Connolly takes the free kick.
Ashley Young joins the action as a substitute, replacing Luis Nani.
Headed effort on goal by Javier Hernandez from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
Corner taken short by Ryan Giggs.
Adel Taarabt is ruled offside. David De Gea takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Patrice Evra by Joey Barton. Free kick crossed by Ryan Giggs, clearance by Daniel Gabbidon.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Evans by Armand Traore. Wayne Rooney leaves the field to be replaced by Ryan Giggs. Michael Carrick restarts play with the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken by Luis Nani from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Alejandro Faurlin.
Jay Bothroyd goes off and Clint Hill comes on.
DJ Campbell conjures a left-footed shot from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
The referee blows for offside. Radek Cerny restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jay Bothroyd on Michael Carrick. Direct free kick taken by Jonathan Evans.
Effort from just inside the penalty area by Phil Jones strikes the post.
Corner taken by Joey Barton played to the near post, David De Gea makes a save.
Matthew Connolly fouled by Javier Hernandez, the ref awards a free kick. Radek Cerny takes the free kick.
Heidar Helguson is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Shaun Wright-Phillips leaves the field to be replaced by Adel Taarabt. DJ Campbell joins the action as a substitute, replacing Heidar Helguson. Free kick taken by David De Gea.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Jonathan Evans. Radek Cerny takes the indirect free kick.
Javier Hernandez replaces Danny Welbeck. Luis Nani takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Matthew Connolly manages to make a clearance.
Danny Welbeck takes a shot. Save by Radek Cerny.
Unfair challenge on Jay Bothroyd by Phil Jones results in a free kick. Phil Jones booked for unsporting behaviour. Joey Barton takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken short by Luis Nani, Close range shot by Wayne Rooney misses to the left of the goal.
Goal scored by Michael Carrick from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. QPR 0-2 Man Utd.
Jay Bothroyd takes a shot. Michael Carrick gets a block in.
Michael Carrick is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Radek Cerny.
Phil Jones gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shaun Wright-Phillips. Free kick crossed right-footed by Joey Barton.
Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Blocked by Daniel Gabbidon.
Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Save by Radek Cerny.
Shaun Wright-Phillips takes a shot. Blocked by Jonathan Evans.
Outswinging corner taken by Joey Barton from the right by-line, clearance by Chris Smalling.
Corner taken right-footed by Joey Barton from the right by-line, Jonathan Evans makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rio Ferdinand by Jay Bothroyd. Direct free kick taken by David De Gea.
Rio Ferdinand challenges Heidar Helguson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Luke Young.
Jay Bothroyd has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.
Jay Bothroyd produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.
Heidar Helguson takes a shot. David De Gea makes a save.
Close range effort by Wayne Rooney goes wide of the left-hand post.
Corner taken right-footed by Luis Nani from the right by-line to the near post, Jonathan Evans takes a shot. Clearance by Alejandro Faurlin.
Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Blocked by Armand Traore. Antonio Valencia takes a shot. Save by Radek Cerny.
Unfair challenge on Rio Ferdinand by Jamie Mackie results in a free kick. Jonathan Evans takes the free kick.
Short corner worked by Luis Nani.
Phil Jones takes a shot. Save by Radek Cerny.
Corner taken by Luis Nani from the left by-line to the near post, Jonathan Evans takes a shot.
Effort from long distance by Heidar Helguson goes wide right of the goal.
Daniel Gabbidon receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
Danny Welbeck is ruled offside. Radek Cerny restarts play with the free kick.
Phil Jones has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Patrice Evra concedes a free kick for a foul on Jay Bothroyd. Joey Barton restarts play with the free kick.
The referee shows Rio Ferdinand a yellow card.
Effort on goal by Jay Bothroyd from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Luis Nani played to the near post, save by Radek Cerny. Michael Carrick takes a shot. Blocked by Daniel Gabbidon.
Corner taken right-footed by Luis Nani from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Jay Bothroyd.
Luis Nani takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Jay Bothroyd manages to make a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Joey Barton played to the near post, clearance made by Luis Nani.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Joey Barton, Header by Heidar Helguson from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
Effort on goal by Shaun Wright-Phillips from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Jay Bothroyd fouled by Phil Jones, the ref awards a free kick. Radek Cerny takes the free kick.
Danny Welbeck takes a shot. Radek Cerny makes a save.
Wayne Rooney grabs a headed goal from close in. QPR 0-1 Man Utd.Assist by Antonio Valencia.
Warnock relishing United "magic"
QPR manager Neil Warnock admits he could only dream of facing Manchester United when he took the helm at Loftus Road less than two years ago.
The 63-year-old became the west Londoners' fifth manager of the 2009/10 season when he moved from Crystal Palace in March last year.
Warnock has been a stabilising force at QPR after 12 different managers in a four-year spell, leading them to the npower Championship crown in his first full season in charge.
The Rs have impressed since promotion to the Barclays Premier League and welcome Manchester United to W12 on Sunday, which excites Warnock immensely.
"We have dreamt of it since I came to the club," he said. "It has only been a dream up until now.
"The younger fans have not seen anything like it and I always imagine how I used to feel walking to the ground.
"They will be thinking of Rooney, Giggs and Ferdinand.
"It is a fabulous feeling walking to the ground [thinking of those type of players] with your dad and granddad with you.
"That is what we wanted. We wanted QPR fans to see the top players.
"I just think playing Man United have that little bit of magic.
"I know we've played Man City and we've played Chelsea, but I think Manchester United just has that something else.
"The glitz factor really and it whets the appetite."
QPR will be without key centre-back Anton Ferdinand for tomorrow's match due to a hamstring injury picked up at Liverpool last weekend.
The Hoops, though, are boosted by the return of Fitz Hall, Matthew Connolly and DJ Campbell, with Warnock promising to go for victory.
"We'll have a go," he said. "There is no way we are trying to get a point with our fans when we have waited 16 years or whatever it is.
"I want them going home knowing we've given everything whatever the result, but it would be nice to get something.
"I saw highlights of Basel [in the Champions League] and they did attack them, which was surprising because you don't see that against Manchester United, especially at Old Trafford.
"But I think teams are changing and having a go, I think that's from Blackpool.
"If you go defensive you're going to get beaten anyway."
Manchester United intend to shake Manchester City out of their Premier League comfort zone by snatching top spot with victory at Loftus Road.
City have been settled in top spot ever since their neighbours dropped their second lot of points of the season, at Liverpool in mid-October.
A week later came that trouncing at Old Trafford that Blues supporters will never forget, since when it has appeared Roberto Mancini's men would run away with the biggest prize.
Yet United have kept plugging away and City's defeat at Chelsea on Monday meant they had closed the gap to two points.
It means Sir Alex Ferguson's men, who kick off at Loftus Road four hours earlier than City's confrontation with Arsenal, can exert maximum pressure by beating Neil Warnock's side.
"It would be a good psychological boost to get back to top spot," said defender Chris Smalling.
"City have maybe got a little comfy in terms of being on top.
"We can put a lot of pressure on them because they play a couple of hours later.
"And if we can get that top spot back we will be hard to knock off because we're only going to get stronger as the season goes on."
In any normal season, now would be the time for United to hit the accelerator.
With matches piling up, Ferguson's side have tended to get themselves into a groove that has allowed them to gather points at rapid speed.
Yet this campaign has been anything but usual.
The memory of those eight goals against Arsenal has been swamped by the stunning setbacks of conceding six to Manchester City and then failing to beat any of their Champions League group opponents, other than hapless Romanians Otelul Galati, culminating in that jaw-dropping defeat in Basle when only a draw was required.
"It helps that we play every two or three days even though we have had a couple of disappointments in that situation this season," said Smalling.
"But we've just got to keep going. When we get wins in the league, like we did against Wolves in our last match, we have to kick on again.
"If we keep getting those wins, the table quickly looks a lot rosier."
United supporters would have more confidence in their team had it not been for a huge injury list, which now has Darren Fletcher amongst the long-term absentees, in addition to skipper Nemanja Vidic.
United cruise to win at Loftus Road
Manchester United propelled themselves right back into the title hunt with a comfortable 2-0 win at QPR.
Wayne Rooney netted his 15th goal of the season after just 52 seconds and the champions then missed a succession of chances before Michael Carrick's first top-flight goal for almost two years all but sealed the points.
United could easily have scored six against a QPR side who twice went close themselves through Heidar Helguson and also saw substitute DJ Campbell miss the easiest of volleys.
Sir Alex Ferguson's men might have crashed out of the Champions League and Carling Cup, but they have now taken 19 points from 21 since losing 6-1 to Roberto Mancini's City side, proving they will not give up their title without a fight.
Ferguson would have been choking on his cornflakes on Sunday morning were he to have read a newspaper interview in which former United captain Roy Keane escalated their recent spat.
Keane has been particularly critical of the club's youngsters, who had another chance to prove him wrong at Loftus Road - and it took them less than a minute to strike.
Rooney nodded the ball out to Antonio Valencia down the right before bursting into the box and stooping to head home the winger's cross.
Only a desperate block from Danny Gabbidon prevented Danny Welbeck making it 2-0 two minutes later but United's vulnerable defence was almost exposed when Heidar Helguson's free header floated over from Joey Barton's corner.
The game eventually settled down before a 17th-minute flashpoint that saw Rio Ferdinand booked for hounding Howard Webb.
The defender's ire would have increased six minutes later when Welbeck was wrongly flagged offside after racing clear and steering in what he thought was United's second goal.
But Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and Valencia ought to have made that irrelevant in the space of three minutes just before the half-hour.
First, Evans nodded Chris Smalling's flick-on from a corner against the crossbar.
Jones - again deployed in midfield for injury-hit United - was then sent clear by Rooney only to lose out one-on-one with Radek Cerny.
Cerny, who performed heroics in the previous weekend's defeat at Liverpool, followed that by thwarting Valencia from point-blank range, with Evans seeing his header from the resulting corner cleared off the line by Alejandro Faurlin.
QPR almost made United pay when David De Gea saved Helguson's low strike with his leg, while Bothroyd was close with a skidding shot from 20 yards.
That was enough to silence briefly the visiting fans, who mocked their own side's Champions League exit with a chant of "Channel 5 is wonderful".
QPR ended the first half on top but Rooney took just 20 seconds to test Cerny with a low drive after the restart as United continued to look more likely to score the game's second goal.
And they did just that in the 56th minute when Barton gifted the ball to Carrick, who was allowed to carry it 30 yards by a backpedalling defence before drilling beyond Cerny from the edge of the box.
Rooney just failed to get a telling connection on a difficult goalline chance before Jones was booked for upending Bothroyd.
United were looking deadly on the break and Cerny tipped over Welbeck's curler before the striker was withdrawn for Javier Hernandez, who made a shock recovery from injury to start on the bench.
QPR responded by throwing on DJ Campbell and Adel Taarabt for Helguson and Shaun Wright-Phillips.
The gulf in class was becoming embarrassing as Jones casually sidefooted against the post with just under a quarter of the game remaining.
The two Rangers substitutes should have combined to halve the deficit 15 minutes from time when Campbell volleyed Taraabt's cross over the bar from six yards.
Clint Hill then came on for Bothroyd and Giggs replaced Rooney, with Ashley Young also sent on for Nani late on as United easily saw out time.
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