Redknapp will watch from stands as QPR visit Old Trafford. This preview is courtesy of fanatix.
QPR owner Tony Fernandes must be hoping that the presence of boss-in-waiting Harry Redknapp in the stands will be enough of a lift to see the Hoops’ to an unlikely result against Manchester United, after Mark Hughes’ dismissal on Friday. United come into the match on the back of two straight losses by a brutal backlash is one of Sir Alex Ferguson’s specialities, so don’t bet on QPR breaking their duck in this one.
Venue Old Trafford, Saturday 3pm
Last season Man Utd 2 QPR 0
Referee Lee Probert
This season’s matches 7 Y23, R1, 3.43 cards per game
Odds Man Utd 2-9 QPR 16-1 Draw 6-1
Subs from Johnstone, Lindegaard, Bébé, Giggs, Büttner, Welbeck, Powell, Jones, Macheda, Henríquez, Fletcher, Cleverley, Anderson, Hernández, Wootton, Evans
Doubtful Evans (groin), Smalling (shoulder)
Injured Nani (hamstring, 1 Dec), Kagawa (knee, 9 Dec), Vidic (knee, 15 Dec)
Form guide LWWWWW
Disciplinary record Y20 R0
Leading scorer Van Persie 8
Queens Park Rangers
Subs from Cerny, Green, Murphy, Derry, Hill, Park, Wright-Phillips, Mackie, Dyer, Ephraim, Harriman, Ehmer, Mbia, Magri
Doubtful Ephraim (hamstring), Park (knee)
Injured Bosingwa (illness, 1 Dec), Johnson (knee, Mar)
Unavailable Da Silva (terms of loan)
Form guide LLDLDL
Disciplinary record Y19 R2
Leading scorer Zamora 3
SOURCE: The Guardian
- QPR have failed to win any of their previous 10 Premier League fixtures with Manchester United (D2, L8).
- This is the 50th competitive meeting between the two clubs: QPR have won just six times, compared to United’s 30 victories.
- QPR’s most recent victory against Manchester United came on New Year’s Day 1992 when Dennis Bailey scored a hat-trick in a memorable 4-1 win at Old Trafford. That remains their only triumph in all 20 league visits to United.
- United have suffered three league defeats. They have never won the title with more than six defeats in a season.
- They have trailed in 11 of their 19 matches this season but come back to win eight of them. In the league, they have gained an unrivalled 15 points from losing positions – five times as many as they managed in 2011-12.
- Sir Alex Ferguson’s side have conceded a league-high eight goals in the 15 minutes immediately after half-time.
- The Red Devils are the leading scorers in the Premier League this season but they only have the joint-11th best defensive record.
- They have scored in each of their last 54 Premier League home matches since the 1-0 defeat by Aston Villa in December 2009. It is the longest home scoring streak in the top flight since a 75-match run by Wolves from 1956 to 1959.
- QPR have made the joint-worst start to a Premier League season, having earned just four points in their opening 12 games.
- They are the fifth club in Premier League history to fail to win in their first 12 league games of the season. Two of the previous four went on to be relegated.
- QPR have failed to win in their last 19 away matches and conceded in their last 22.
- Their next three league fixtures are: Sunderland (a), Aston Villa (h), Wigan (a)
fanatix prediction: 3-0 to Man United. Redknapp has lots of work to do.