Manchester United has defeated Queens Park Rangers in a Premier League match played at Loftus Road Stadium on Saturday. United won the match by 2-0.
With this victory, United has now established a 15-points lead over the defending champions Manchester City. However, United has played one match more than City. Currently, United has 68 points in 27 matches.
For this match, the manager of QPR, Harry Redknapp, brought one of his key players Jose Bosingwa back into the starting XI.
On the other hand, Van Persie returned to the starting line up of United to play with Chicharito upfront.
United took the lead in the 23rd minute of the match. It was a great goal by Rafael da Silva. A cross from Robin Van Persie was pushed by Julio Cesar and Silva got the ball just outside the penalty area. He latched on that chance and smashed the ball with extreme power into the top corner of the net. Julio Cesar couldn’t have done anything. It was certainly one of the best goals of the tournament.
QPR could have levelled the scores in the 35th minute, but, it was Rafael da Silva again who denied QPR from scoring the leveller by clearing an excellent header from Christopher Samba.
Just 5 minutes before the half time break, Robin Van Persie came off the field because of a back injury.
United got ahead by 2-0 in the later part of the second half. Ryan Giggs was the scorer this time around. He cashed on Nani’s cross and slotted the ball into the bottom corner of the net.
This was QPR’s 14th defeat in the league. Harry Redknapp’s team is currently at the last position in the points table with only 17 points in 27 matches.
Park Ji-Sung has said that he is not unhappy to be terminated as the captain of Queens Park rangers. The South Korean midfielder had been out of action since the last three months because of injury and he started the match for QPR first time after October against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday. That was a FA cup clash which ended in a draw. Park Ji-Sung didn’t wear the captain’s armband in that match and the manager of QPR, Harry Redknapp decided to persist with Clint Hill as the skipper.
After the match, when Park Ji-Sung was asked if he is unhappy after being removed as captain, Park said, “No, I am not upset at all. It’s the decision of the manager and I respect his decision. In my absence, Clint did well as skipper and there is no harm in persisting with him. He is a good leader.”
“As far as I am concerned, I am a senior player and I don’t need that captain’s armband to feel that there is a huge responsibility on my shoulders. Even without that band, I know that I need to guide the youngsters and help them out.”
“At this point of time, I am happy that I have recovered from injury and have managed to make a comeback. It’s nice to be back on the field after such a long time. Hopefully, I would not have to face any injury problems in the remaining part of the season.”
When asked about the recent performances of QPR, Park said, “We have done well in the last couple of games. We won against Chelsea on Wednesday. That was a great victory for us as Chelsea is a heavyweight side. And, we played well in today’s match as well. Hopefully, we would maintain our good form in the further matches.”
The manager of Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson, has said that Park Ji-Sung was one of the best midfielders who played for United during his 26 years tenure at the club. Park Ji-Sung currently plays for the Queens Park Rangers. He left United in July this year and signed a two-year contract for QPR. He was also named as the captain of QPR in his debut season.
Talking to the reporters ahead of the match against QPR, Ferguson said, “Park is an enormously talented midfielder. He has great reach and he can do some amazing things on the field. During my tenure at Old Trafford so far, some great midfielders have played for the club, but, If I will have to choose top 10 of them, Park will certainly be in that list. He was simply outstanding.”
“The most amazing thing about Park is that he always keeps his cool on the field. You will hardly see him getting angry. He quietly does his job. He knows how to hold the nerves during the tough situations and that’s why, he is a big match player. He contributed immensely for us in a number of big matches.”
When asked whether the fans of United still love Park, Ferguson said, “I think yes. They still like him and follow him. He was one of our most popular players when he used to play for us. He isn’t a part of United now, but, his popularity hasn’t decreased.”
When asked about the upcoming match against QPR, Ferguson said, “It’s an important match for us. We were terrible in the last match, but, the boys are up for this match. I hope that the mistakes of the previous game would not be repeated this time around and we would put up a good show.”
The skipper of Queens Park Rangers, Park Ji Sung, has said that his team will definitely make a strong comeback in the upcoming matches. The performance of the QPR team has been very poor in the current season. The team has played 6 matches in the current season and lost four of them. And, those defeats were not close defeats, they were massive ones.
The QPR team suffered a heavy defeat in its very first match of the season against Swansea City. Mark Hughes’ side was thrashed by Swansea City by a huge margin of 5-0.
QPR played a bit better in the second game against Norwich City, but, in the Capital One Cup match against Walsall, the team again looked off colour and got defeated by 3-0 which is certainly not a small margin.
QPR’s poor form continued against Manchester City and the team lost to the defending champions by 3-1. QPR managed to grab one point against Chelsea in the next match. That match ended in a goalless draw. It seemed that the QPR team had regained a bit of form. But, the team again lost to the Spurs on Sunday by 2-1.
In the match against Tottenham, the QPR team made a good start and took a lead in the first half with the goal of Bobby Zamora, but, in the second half, Mark Hughes’ boys played some very ordinary football and lost the advantage. The Spurs fired in two goals in the second half to pull off a victory.
The QPR team is currently at no.19 in the Premier League points table with two points in five matches. But, the QPR captain is pretty confident that his boys will put up better performances in the upcoming matches.
Park Ji Sung was quoted as saying, “We will definitely come back strongly. I thought we played decently against Tottenham and we didn’t deserve to lose. We got a bit panicked after that own goal from Faurlin and Tottenham was quick to take the advantage. But, I have got full faith in the boys. We are not too far from our first victory in the League.”
QPR will play its next match against Reading on Wednesday at the Loftus Road Stadium.
New Manchester United signing Shinji Kagawa has said that the South Korean midfielder Park Ji sung is his inspiration. The South Korean midfielder Park Ji sung recently completed his move away from Old Trafford, thus bringing his seven year spell with the club to an end. He has joined the Premier league rivals QPR for a fee of around £ 2 million, which could rise up to £ 5 million. Even though many predicted that Park Ji sung was being signed by Manchester United only to sell shirts in Asia, the 31-year-old has grown in stature under the guidance of Alex Ferguson.
He has become the first Asian player to play in the Champions League final. He has achieved numerous personal accolades during his seven years at Manchester United, while he has also lifted many major trophies. Due to his incredible work rate and quality, Sir Alex Ferguson often selects Park Ji sung as the first name on the team sheet for the big matches. The Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa has arrived for a transfer fee of £ 12 million, which could rise to up to £ 17 million. He is expected to be the creative force for the team next season.
“This is only the beginning for me. But Park Ji-Sung is the best player Asia has ever produced – there’s no doubt about that. He played regularly for United for a long time and I can’t be sure how long it will take me to establish myself in the team like him. But I will always work hard to do so. Watching him play for United motivated me a lot. I began to truly believe Asian players could play in big clubs,” said Shinji Kagawa in his first press conference as a Manchester United player.
South Korean legend Ahn Jung-Hwan has said that he is sure that Manchester United midfielder Park Ji sung will return to South Korea to play in the K-League in the summer. Manchester United midfielder Park Ji sung has been one of the regular big-game players at the club.
He has often been selected in the big games in order to stifle the opposition with his bountiful energy. Manager Sir Alex Ferguson considers him to be one of the key numbers of the squad at Manchester United. His confidence in the South Korean was reflected in the fact that he started in the 3-1 defeat against Barcelona in the Champions League final last summer.
However, a number of injuries at the start of the season has meant that he has lost his place to more younger players. In the last few months, Park Ji sung has not started a Premier league game until the Manchester derby on April 30. However, it clearly showed that Ji sung was not up to the standards after not starting in the Manchester United midfielder regularly. The 31-year-old has been linked with a return to his homeland in order to finish his career. South Korean legend Ahn Jung-Hwan hopes that the time has come for Park Ji sung to finally return to South Korea.
“I’m excited that I’m going to meet fans from my hometown Suwon where I dreamt of becoming a national team member from childhood,” Park said. “I think Ji-sung will help us once he retires. Like me, Ji-Sung received a lot of support from fans, so I think he should also help the K-League,” Ahn said. Park Ji sung’s last match in South Korea was way back in 2003. He is all set to be replaced by Borussia Dortmund’s Japanese player Kagawa.
Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-sung has said that it is the responsibility for the club to deal with the huge number of injuries that they have been suffering in the past few months. Manchester United have been undergoing an injury crisis at the moment, with a number of key players like Nemanja Vidic and Rafael Da Silva injured.
As a result, players like Michael Carrick, who are central midfielders, are being deployed by manager Sir Alex Ferguson as stand-in centre backs. As a result of the makeshift defence, Manchester United have been conceding a number of goals of late. However, midfielder Park Ji-sung is of the opinion that the club should deal with the crisis given that they have a very large squad and a very strong one at that as well.
After suffering the exit from the Champions League recently, Manchester United have gone on an excellent run in the domestic campaign. However, the number of injuries that they have been suffering of late is threatening to derail the season. Manchester United also have the worry in the form of Manchester City, who clearly have the best squad in the division. Even with a number of injuries and the players departing to the African cup of nations, Roberto Mancini can put out a very strong side. Hence, Manchester United do need to perform well without the excuse of many injuries.
“I have never known anything like it. Hopefully we will get our defenders back pretty quickly because we are coming up to some very important games. We have to deal with it and get through this period,” said the South Korean. Manchester United will be facing Blackburn and Manchester city in the next few matches, although the match against the leaders will be in the FA Cup.