Queens Park Rangers 0-2 Manchester United: Statistics & Post-Match Quotes

Ian Walton

Statistics & post-match quotes from Sir Alex Ferguson, Ryan Giggs, Rafael, & Harry Redknapp.

TEAM STATISTICS

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QPR

United

Shots (on target)

14 (3) 14 (6)

Total Passes Completed

298 340

Passing Accuracy

73% 77%

Ball Possession

48% 52%

Tackles won

23 23

Interceptions

26 21

Fouls

11 6

Corners

2 4

Offsides

1 2

MUFC PLAYER STATISTICS

* David de Gea (goalkeeper): 7/15 passing (47%), 0 goals conceded, 3 saves

* Rio Ferdinand (right-center-back): 27/36 passing (75%), 1/5 long balls, 1 tackle, 0 interceptions, 7 clearances (3 effective), 1 shot blocked, 0 fouls

* Nemanja Vidic (left-center-back): 18/24 passing (75%), 0/1 long balls, 3 tackles, 6 interceptions, 17 clearances (12 effective), 1 shot blocked, 1 foul

* Rafael (right-back): 22/28 passing (79%), 1 chance created, 0/1 crosses, 4/5 long balls, 1 successful dribble, 5 tackles, 1 interception, 5 clearances (4 effective), 1 shot blocked, 1 foul, 1 goal

* Patrice Evra (left-back): 30/36 passing (83%), 1 chance created, 0/3 crosses, 1/3 long balls, 2 tackles, 5 interceptions, 2 clearances (1 effective), 0 shots blocked, 0 fouls

* Michael Carrick (central-midfield): 52/65 passing (80%), 0 chances created, 0/0 crosses, 1/4 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 0 successful dribbles, 2 tackles, 2 interceptions, 0 shots

* Ryan Giggs (central-midfield): 39/54 passing (72%), 1 chance created, 1/4 crosses, 1/1 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 1 successful dribble, 2 tackles, 1 interception, 1 shot (1 on target), 1 goal

* Nani (right-winger): 37/45 passing (82%), 2 chances created, 0/1 crosses, 2/2 long balls, 1/1 through balls, 1 successful dribble, 1 foul won, 3 tackles, 2 interceptions, 3 shots (1 on target), 1 assist

* Ashley Young (left-winger | substituted off 68'): 23/34 passing (68%), 3 chances created, 3/7 crosses, 1/2 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 0 successful dribbles, 1 foul won, 2 tackles, 2 interceptions, 1 shot (0 on target)

* Robin van Persie (striker | substituted off 41'): 10/12 passing (83%), 0 chances created, 0/4 crosses, 0/0 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 0 successful dribbles, 0 fouls won, 1 shot (1 on target)

* Javier Hernandez (striker | substituted off 62'): 16/22 passing (73%), 1 chance created, 0/1 crosses, 0/0 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 1 successful dribble, 1 foul won, 2 shots (2 on target)

* Danny Welbeck (striker | substituted on 41'): 16/22 passing (73%), 1 chance created, 0/0 crosses, 0/0 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 1 successful dribble, 3 fouls won, 1 shot (on target)

* Wayne Rooney (striker | substituted on 62'): 26/29 passing (90%), 1 chance created, 0/0 crosses, 1/2 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 0 successful dribbles, 1 foul won, 3 shots (0 on target)

* Antonio Valencia (right-winger | substituted on 68'): 13/17 passing (76%), 1 chance created, 0/1 crosses, 0/0 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 0 successful dribbles, 0 fouls won, 1 tackle, 0 interceptions, 0 shots

POST-MATCH QUOTES

Sir Alex Ferguson | MUFC manager (courtesy of MUTV)

(Overall thoughts...) "Today was about our determination and concentration at the back. We did that part very well. I decided to play all my experienced players: Ferdinand, Vidic, Carrick, Giggs, van Persie, Evra. We needed plenty of experience because it’s not an easy place to come to. It was a scrappy game for a lot of the time, the pitch was lively and it’s a tight ground. It was an ideal situation for a shock but fortunately we didn’t get that. I thought we played much better in the second half, when we created some good chances. One goal is never enough but Ryan’s goal with 10 minutes to go killed the game."

(On Rafael's incredible goal...) "I said to him he must have closed his eyes! He’s had an absolutely magnificent season: he’s got three goals for us and he’s maturing all the time. He had a fantastic day."

(On going 15 points clear in the title-race...) "It’s a good position but the way we approach it is to win our next game – it’s the best way to do it. So we’ll carry on doing that."

Ryan Giggs | MUFC legend (courtesy of Sky Sports)

(On how to approach the tile-race from this point on...) "Just what we have been doing, which is win the next game. That's all we can do, not look too far ahead and not get too excited. I think the main thing is we're in good form and we have got nearly everyone fit. The manager has got a big squad to choose from, so he can chop and change and keep everyone fresh. We're in good form and that is all you can ask, individually and as a team. We are winning scrappy games, we are winning games spectacularly, so we just have to keep it going."

(Overall thoughts on the match...) "It wasn't spectacular first half, we had to dig in. Rafa's goal was the outstanding thing in the first half, it was an unbelievable strike and he deserves it because he's been brilliant all season. To go 2-0 up, it gave us that extra cushion. At 1-0 you just never know what could happen. Once we got that second goal we kept the ball well and it knocked the stuffing out of QPR. We ran out comfortable winners in the end."

Rafael | MUFC defender (courtesy of MUTV)

(On his brilliant goal...) "I can't remember scoring a better goal. The one at Liverpool was different because it was a curling shot, but I can't remember a better one than this. I think it's my best. I just saw the ball coming towards me and hit it as hard as I could. You can feel by the way you hit the ball that it's going in. I just hoped it wouldn't deflect off anyone. It was a good goal."

(On how things are going for United...) "We're pleased to not be conceding and keeping clean sheets. We want to keep that going and continue picking up points. The more clean sheets we keep the more it improves our confidence. That consistency really helps us. We know what happened last season and that every game is important. We just have to keep winning."

Harry Redknapp | QPR manager (courtesy of QPR's official site)

(Overall thoughts...) "Today was always going to be a tough game. I thought we were bang in it and there wasn’t a lot going on. Suddenly the right-back hits a worldy; he’ll never probably score a goal like that for as long as he plays football. He’s hit one out of the clouds that’s gone right in the top corner.

(On if his side can avoid relegation...) "I still feel we’ll get out of it. It [defeat] leaves us bottom today but we won’t be bottom at the end of the season. With Bobby Zamora and [Loic] Remy coming back from injury I see two forwards that can start scoring some goals between now and the end of the season for us. That’s been our problem, we don’t score enough goals. Between them I can see them doing some damage to teams.


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