Manchester United have now made it 18 points from losing positions after they went behind to Queens Park Rangers early in the second half. Impactful substitutions by Sir Alex Ferguson turned the tide as United scored three goals in eight minutes to win the game 3-1.
It must have been very disconcerting to the United faithful when their team seemed to pick up exactly where they left off in their loss to Norwich last weekend. QPR, who have endured a turbulent last 24 hours when their manager Mark Hughes was fired and replaced by the popular choice of Harry Redknapp, looked like they were finally given something to be optimistic about as their new manager sat in the stands and looked on. QPR put in a performance that has been missing their whole season so far in the first half as they forced United into wasteful possession and refused to allow any chances from the attack that boasted Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck.
As QPR held their own quite comfortably, United looked like they had long run out of ideas and no player looked more off the pace as Ashley Young, who has been having a very uncomfortable start to the season. The majority of United's failed crosses and wayward passes were down to the English winger who is struggling mightily to recapture the form he had when he first arrived at Old Trafford. Welbeck looked off the pace as well as QPR's well organized defense constantly proved a problem for the young English striker. United went into the halftime break disappointingly even in the scoreline but the guests would have been thrilled to be holding United to a lackluster draw.
The second half started where the first left off and United continued to see chances squandered only for QPR to grab a surprising lead through Jamie Mackie who was able to finish off a half chance due mainly to poor defending in font of goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard. It looked like a repeat performance against Norwich was very much on the cards but United rallied well after going a goal behind. Ferguson made intelligent and impactful substitutions putting on Anderson for the misfiring Young and Chicharito for Paul Scholes. Anderson made an immediate difference as he controlled the midfield expertly and caused nightmares for QPR's defense with his inch-perfect passes. Jonny Evans grabbed the equalizer however, with a well taken header. United's defenders have been popping up with vital goals this season and this trend continued as Evans' goal began yet another comeback. United's second goal was pure class when Anderson took on the QPR defense and played a superb ball into Chicharito who calmly finished the chance. 2-1 up, the final result was never in doubt with QPR beginning to show signs of tiredness. Darren Fletcher, who has been struggling with a bowel condition, scored the third goal as United finished the game comfortably in control.
Man of the Match: Anderson. The Brazilian has not had many chances to impress this season but he seized this particular chance with both hands. Anderson simply changed the game and that has been what is expected of the midfielder who will certainly want to keep up the momentum.
Manchester United: Anders Lindegaard; Rafael, Patrice Evra, Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans; Ashley Young (Anderson), Danny Welbeck (Nick Powell), Paul Scholes (Chicharito), Darren Fletcher; Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie
Queens Park Rangers: Julio Cesar; Armand Traore (Anton Ferdinand), Clint Hill, Ryan Nelsen, Stephane Mbia; Shaun Derry, Adel Taarabt (David Hoilett), Kieron Dyer, Alejandro Damian Faurlin (Estaban Granero); Djibril Cisse, Jamie MackieAnderson, Ashley Young, Danny Welbeck, Manchester, Manchester United, Premier League, Queens Park Rangers, Sir Alex Ferguson, Soccer