Manchester United produced yet another cone-from-behind victory as they saw off Queens Park Rangers 3-1 at Old Trafford. The visitors, managed on the day by assistant coaches Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwiecki before Harry Redknapp assumes his position as replacement for Mark Hughes, had taken a surprise lead through Jamie Mackie’s goal early in the second half. But, as has become customary this season, United soon responded as strikes from Jonny Evans, Darren Fletcher and Javier Hernandez secured victory.
The win takes, United, temporarily at least, back to the top of the Premier League standings, with Manchester City, two points behind, set to face Chelsea on Sunday.
Having recorded just four points from their first 12 games, QPR had dispensed with Hughes on Friday and, as so often happens, the club looked like it might reap immediate benefit from a change in the dugout.
After United had gone close on more than one occasion to an opener in the first half, seven minutes after the break QPR struck. Kieron Dyer had a shot saved by Anders Lindegaard from a narrow angle down the left, but the ball parried straight to Mackie who applied a finish from close range.
The lead would last just 12 minutes, though. Danny Welbeck headed a left-wing corner down and inside in six-yard box where Evans showed more determination than the defenders around him to get his head to the ball and power it home from barely two yards out.
There was little surprise that the game soon swung inexorably in the home side’s favor. United took the lead for the first time just four minutes after pulling level as Darren Fletcher scored his first goal since returning after a long absence through illness when he headed home anther corner from Wayne Rooney.
And three minutes later the win was secured. Two substitutes combined in fine fashion as Anderson picked out Hernandez with a precise low pass into the box and the Mexican showed his lethal instincts once more as he took a touch before side-footing low past Julio Cesar from 12 yards out.