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QPR 0-2 Manchester United: Player Ratings for Red Devils

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 23:  Ryan Giggs of Manchester United celebrates a goal with Wayne Rooney during the Barclays Premier League match between Queens Park Rangers and Manchester United at Loftus Road on February 23, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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Max TowleAnalyst IFebruary 23, 2013

Rafael set Manchester United on the path to victory against QPR Saturday with a stunning first half volley before Ryan Giggs finished things off late on.

The Red Devils extend their lead over Manchester City in the Premier League table to 15 points with the 2-0 win, QPR fall even further adrift.

Here are the full player ratings, ranked on a 1-10 scale, for Sir Alex Ferguson's side for a wholly professional performance:

 

David de Gea: 7

The Spanish keeper hasn't put a foot wrong for the Red Devils in recent weeks, and continued this trend at Loftus Road.

He made a couple of great second-half saves to deny Loic Remy and Christopher Samba but was mostly untroubled on the day.

 

Rafael: 9

It was a landmark performance for young right-back Rafael against QPR.

The Brazilian not only scored one of the goals of the season with a rasping volley, but also made key contributions in defence, clearing off the line at one point in the first half. Man of the match without a doubt.

 

Nemanja Vidic: 7

Another domineering display by United's Serbian captain Nemanja Vidic, who continued to prove himself vital to the side in earning a clean sheet.

His partnership with Rio Ferdinand showed no flaws, containing the threat the QPR attack posed for the full 90 minutes.

 

Rio Ferdinand: 7

If you're starting to notice a trend of sevens being awarded for Manchester United players, it's no coincidence.

Rio Ferdinand's performance against QPR typified that of his team's—understated but always ready to deal with whatever Adel Taarabt and Co. threw his way.

 

Patrice Evra: 7

Patrice Evra too was a key component in a fine defensive display by the Red Devils.

The Frenchman always looked threatening going forward, but was even more impressive containing QPR's wide game.

 

Nani: 7

It took awhile for Nani to immerse himself in the game, but when he did, his assist for Ryan Giggs' late strike was truly special.

The Portuguese winger deserves more starts on the right flank before the season is over but will still need to impress next weekend in order to earn a start against Real Madrid.

 

Michael Carrick: 8

Carrick was one of the star performers for the Red Devils in holding midfield, providing a terrific foil for the back line while also showing excellent footwork under pressure in a congested midfield.

His central partnership with Ryan Giggs may not be ideal in the long term, but against QPR Saturday, it worked to perfection.

 

Ryan Giggs: 8

What can one say about Ryan Giggs that could do justice to the enduring greatness of the man?

He may be nearing 40, but his boundless energy doesn't show it. His goal was taken with an immense calmness that makes one wonder why he doesn't score more.

 

Ashley Young: 7

Ashley Young gave one of his better performances of the season out on the left wing.

He worked hard on the back foot while also delivering a couple of dangerous crosses into Julio Cesar's box in the first half.

 

Javier Hernandez: 7

The Mexican striker was perhaps a little unlucky to be withdrawn early in Saturday's game—he had looked a constant menace to Chris Samba and co.

Though he failed to find the scoresheet, he held the ball up well and showed an ever-improving strength both in the air and on the ground against larger bodies.

 

Robin van Persie: 6

It was a frustrating afternoon for Dutch hitman Robin van Persie, who limped off from injury late in the first half.

RVP played a part in Rafael's opener but couldn't take a chance of his own, moments later.

 

Subs

Danny Welbeck: 7

The young English striker showed great fighting spirit in a game where it was difficult to ever settle on the ball.

Wayne Rooney: 6

Not much for Wayne Rooney to do at Loftus Road. His quality will be needed if van Persie is to be kept out of action for a spell.

Antonio Valencia: 6

Like Rooney, Antonio Valencia couldn't really find his place in the game having come on as a second-half substitute.

 

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