Redknapp was hired and given a 2.5 year contract (h/t ESPN.com) to try and save QPR—who are currently last place in the English Premier League—but his task started by watching the squad lose to the vaunted Manchester United.
United continues their attack on the top of the table, as another win brings them to 30 points on the season. With Manchester City playing Sunday, United has taken the No. 1 spot on the table for the time being.
After firing manager Mark Hughes (h/t QPR’s Official website), QPR decided that the first 12 games of the season without a win was not acceptable and made the move to another manager. While they have just four points so far in 2012, the hope is that Redknapp can save QPR from relegation.
As for the game itself, the rain pouring down dampened the speed and pace of the match, but it couldn’t dampen the spirits of the vocal fans at Old Trafford. Despite a defensive battle in the first half that consisted of a very even match and a called-off goal for QPR, the sides entered the locker room with no goals scored.
The second half was a different story, though.
QPR started red hot, and the squad was rewarded when Jamie Mackie netted the game’s first goal. But the celebration was short lived as Manchester United broke the game wide open with two goals just four minutes apart from Darren Fletcher and Jonathan Evans.
After being subbed into the game, Javier Hernández add another goal for United 71 minutes into the game, making for three Man U goals in seven minutes of action.
When Man United scores, the goals come in bunches.
United's defensive unit stepped up to close the game, and the message was sent that when playing well, this side is almost unstoppable. QPR was the latest team to find that out.
Robin Van Persie: C+
In one of the more disappointing efforts of the season, Robin Van Persie was not the player that the fans had hoped to see and that United had hoped to have on the pitch.
While Van Persie still got chances to score, he wasn’t the game changer he is expected to be.
Van Persie was taking shots as he always does, but the quality of the shots was poor and were ill-advised at times. If Manchester United wants to win it all this year, they’ll need more from Van Persie moving forward.
Wayne Rooney: A
While Wayne Rooney is supposed to be the offensive forward that pushes the tempo of the match, the Manchester United star was acting as both a scorer and a facilitator. With hot hands all around him, Rooney has learned when to be selfish and when to move the ball.
It wasn’t just the shots on goal for Rooney—three shots total, two on goal—it was also the huge assists and the quality of his play in the offensive zone that set up some great chances.
While the star failed to net the ball, Rooney still made a mark on the game.
Jamie Mackie: B+
While the QPR took the loss Saturday, the continued emergence of Jamie Mackie as a star for the team has forced the EPL to take notice, despite his team’s porous play.
The 27-year-old midfielder has separated himself as one of the best players on QPR, and is a prime candidate to find himself on another club sooner rather than later. A big goal to show off his offensive prowess will go a long way in getting the midfielder paid.