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Man Utd extend lead at the top

2012-04-08 16:32

Manchester - Manchester United moved into an eight-point lead at the top of the English Premier League and put the pressure on title rivals Manchester City with a 2-0 win over 10-man Queens Park Rangers at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Reigning champions United's victory left City knowing that if they lost away to Arsenal later on Sunday they would be eight points behind their cross-town foes with just six games of the season left.

Goals from Wayne Rooney and Paul Scholes saw United to victory but Rooney's opener was controversial.

The England striker gave United a 15th minute lead from the penalty spot after QPR captain Shaun Derry was sent off for bringing down Ashley Young inside the area and was deemed by referee Lee Mason to have denied a clear goal-scoring chance.

Mason's decision was harsh on Rangers, who are still above the relegation zone on goal difference. Derry's contact appeared minimal and Young looked to be offside.

But even though QPR keeper Paddy Kenny correctly dived to his right, Rooney's well-struck penalty gave him his 30th goal of the season and left the visitors, managed by former United striker Mark Hughes, with a mountain to climb.

Kenny saved from Rafael da Silva and Danny Welbeck to keep QPR in the game until the 68th minute when he was beaten by a 20-yard shot from veteran midfielder Scholes, recalled from retirement this season by United manager Alex Ferguson.

AFP

Comments
  • hapotter - 2012-04-08 17:26

    Nearly in the bag now United!

  • Dhirshan - 2012-04-08 19:19

    as much as i hate mufc, hate city more coz of their financial bully status. the title is gone and rightly so as they would be a manufactured champion. shaik mansour could have bought any weak epl team and that team wouldv been in no. 2 today. take your money out and go to spain-2 teams in champions league last 4 and 3 teams in europa league last 4!

      Mewik - 2012-04-08 20:15

      Are you drunk? Do you think this message is somehow going to reach him and he will have some amazing light bulb moment and buy a Spanish team? Maybe write him a letter instead of trolling news24, I'm sure he could do with such an insightful pot of wisdom such as yourself and will instantly hire you as his financial advisor.

      Mewik - 2012-04-08 20:15

      Are you drunk? Do you think this message is somehow going to reach him and he will have some amazing light bulb moment and buy a Spanish team? Maybe write him a letter instead of trolling news24, I'm sure he could do with such an insightful pot of wisdom such as yourself and will instantly hire you as his financial advisor.

  • mfihlakaloyezulu.ncwadiengcwele1 - 2012-04-09 08:05

    U lead 1st half of the season at your own risk then they 2nd half n claim wat belongs 2 them

  • David - 2012-04-09 12:32

    Come on you REDS

  • David - 2012-04-09 12:33

    Come on you REDS

  • Bob - 2012-04-10 07:50

    Well done referee and linesman, you are well on your way to handing another league title to the scum, disgaceful.

      Deon - 2012-04-10 08:31

      Wasn't a great call from the officials, but United would of won the game either way, Just cause Liverpool got beaten by them doesn't mean United would of lost.

      Deon - 2012-04-10 08:31

      Wasn't a great call from the officials, but United would of won the game either way, Just cause Liverpool got beaten by them doesn't mean United would of lost.

      Gunner - 2012-04-10 09:42

      Silly comment Deon...that decision changed the game.

      Gunner - 2012-04-10 09:42

      Silly comment Deon...that decision changed the game.

      Sean - 2012-04-10 21:20

      Well done Man United !! F@ck Liverpool , bunch of losers !!! F@ck Man City, bunch of ``mercenaries``!!! EPL standard has dropped over the last two years , hope it will come up gain ! Glory Glory Man United :)))

  • Sharmilen - 2012-04-10 08:28

    Oh my gosh....the whiner is back. Yeah well done referee and linesman.Guess you blinked when this happened...never mind...you can handle the FAC semi his weekend and give the scousers with their snot filled mouths something to cheer....then we would hear the fact that you are after all HUMAN and cannot see everything. Oh and by the way....we would have still won it with Scholes goal...maybe even a draw would have been fine...cos City ain't coming back from this. Mr. Shaikh Mansour guess you need to speak to your Investment Manager...he didn't give you good advice.

  • Gunner - 2012-04-10 09:35

    Another ref blunder

  • Sharmilen - 2012-04-10 10:04

    Gunner, are you clairvoyant? You support a good team..don't spoil it with these silly comments...you may risk falling into a category of the ntellectually challenged. Oh well done on the result...great goal by Arteta. Damn the challenge on Balotelli...but a least he got his due at the end!!!

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