United beat QPR to open eight-point lead

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Old 09-Apr-2012
United beat QPR to open eight-point lead

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Manchester: Wayne Rooney and Paul Scholes scored in each half as Premier League leader Manchester United cruised to a 2-0 win over ten-man Queens Park Rangers yesterday.

United's eighth straight league win increased the pressure on crosstown rival Manchester City, which was eight points behind in second place before its match at Arsenal later yesterday.

Derry was sent off despite replays suggesting Young was offside and there was minimal contact.

United created chance after chance against ten men, but relegation-threatened QPR resisted until Scholes lashed home a trademark drive for the second in the 68th. Rooney was at the centre of United's dominance.

The England striker had a free kick deflected just wide in the third minute and went even closer four minutes later with another free kick that QPR goalkeeper Paddy Kenny dived to push away.

Unsurprisingly, Rooney was the architect of the opening goal, threading a pass through the defense for Young, who was adjudged to have been bundled over by Derry.

Replays suggested Young was offside when the pass was played, but Derry was sent off as the last defender and Rooney hammered the ensuing penalty into the bottom corner for his 22nd league goal of the season.

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