OverviewIn terms of possession, the game was far more balanced than most may have predicted. The difference was largely marginal, with Manchester United carrying 51.5% of the possession to QPR's 48.5%. Their passing accuracy was just as close. United completed at a rate of 77%, QPR at 74%. Shots were dead equal in their net total. Both teams managed 14 shots. However, QPR only managed to take shots from range. Manchester United worked the ball much closer to the box, and the vast majority of their shots were significantly closer to the goal than QPR's.
All in all, the cutting edge was their chance creation. QPR failed to create any clear chances, whereas United created 3. The difference was not pass completion or retention of the ball. The difference was ultimately class, and United's players managed to do with the ball when they possessed it.