Belfast Telegraph

Controversial win for United

Another side mired in relegation trouble were the victims of a shocking decision as Manchester United's march to the Barclays Premier League title continued with a 2-0 victory over QPR at Old Trafford.

Rangers' hopes of capitalising on Wigan's misfortune were virtually ended after 13 minutes when Shaun Derry was sent off for fouling Ashley Young inside the box. Contact was minimal to start with, that Young was clearly offside when he received Wayne Rooney's through ball just made the call from referee Lee Mason even more farcical.

Rooney converted the penalty and United should have run up a huge score, but they were forced to rely on a 68th-minute piledriver from Paul Scholes to wrap up a win that keeps them on course to clinch a 20th championship.

The two abysmal decisions that condemned Wigan to defeat at Chelsea on Saturday were matched by the appalling conclusion reached when Rooney slid his pass through to Young.

Derry received his marching orders despite making minimal contact with the winger, but Rooney did not care, ramming home the spot-kick for his 29th goal of the season.

Rooney then tested Paddy Kenny with a curling free-kick and a chip that was bound for the top corner.

Patrice Evra soon lashed a shot wide and Danny Welbeck had an effort charged down by Anton Ferdinand.

Welbeck was denied a goal at the start of the second half by an offside decision that was far closer than the earlier one, before firing well over from an acute angle.

As time ticked away, Rafael should have scored but panicked, driving his shot straight at Kenny, the ball then bouncing to safety off the crossbar.

It ultimately needed an old head to take control and Scholes duly obliged, drilling home from 25 yards after Adel Taarabt had conceded possession.


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