Date: 14th September 2014 at 7:04pm
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QUEENS Park Rangers wilted once more in the face of a rejuvenated attacking threat as Angel di Maria helped Manchester United to a first win of the campaign.

The visitors seemed overawed by the occasion, much like at Tottenham Hotspur a fortnight previously, as Angel di Maria rather fortuitously saw a free-kick fly beyond a crowd of bodies and past the despairing dive of Rob Green.

Matt Phillips failed to show the required composure to level proceedings when he was presented with a glorious opportunity by the ponderous Tyler Blackett and David de Gea – the winger fluffed his lines to hand the impetus to the hosts.

First Ander Herrera slammed home after good work from di Maria down the left before Wayne Rooney rolled beyond Green to compound the misery of a dismal opening period.

Clint Hill was hauled off at the break for the more enterprising Armand Traoré, who made more of an impact in the attacking third, but it couldn’t prevent the hosts from netting a gift of a fourth goal.

di Maria’s wayward shot worked its way to an unmarked Juan Mata, who had an age at his disposal to clip home from close range. Eduardo Vargas was introduced and skewed an effort wide of the upright as Manchester United eased off.

Radamel Falcao was lauded coming from the bench but placed his guilt-edge opportunity straight at Green, who in truth had little to do other than pick the ball out of the net. A sobering result after a victory against Sunderland – Stoke City will provide a more realistic acid test to Rangers’ ambitions.