24 Nov 2012

Manchester United Match Preview

Manchester United will face a managerless QPR at Old Trafford on Saturday after ex-United legend Mark Hughes was sacked during the week. The Reds are looking to bounce back to winning ways following their 1-0 defeat to Norwich last weekend and with all United’s big guns returning, Sir Alex Ferguson will be hoepful that normal service will be resumed at Old Trafford today.United have had many classic encounters with QPR over the years both home and away. Loftus Road in the early Premier League years always provided a classic football match including two 3-2 thrillers and wonder goal from Ryan Giggs Watch Video. Many United fans will never forget the hammering that QPR dished out to the Reds exactly 20 years ago on New Years Day. Four wins and a draw over the Christmas period saw Sir Alex Ferguson lift the manager of the month award, only for Dennis Bailey to fire in a hat-trick for the hoops in a 4-1 scoreline at Old Trafford.Sir Alex Ferguson will restore most of his big guns to the starting line-up after resting them in midweek.Anders Lindegaard should resume in goal with Ferdinand and Smalling starting in front of him. Rafael and Evra will start in the fullback positions with Jones and Buttner available as cover. Vidic and Evans are still unavailable through injury.

United could see Paul Scholes restored to the line-up after missing out in midweek. He could partner either Anderson, Carrick or Cleverley in the centre. Young and Valencia should start on the wings in a 4-4-2 formation. Giggs and Fletcher are also available, Kagawa is still out through injury.The Reds will see Wayne Rooney return to their line-up and he will partner Robin van Persie in attack.Hernandez and Welbeck are also available.United have won 10 and lost none of the last 13 matches in all competitions against QPR.QPR had the last player to score a league hat-trick at Old Trafford Dennis Bailey 4-1 January 1992.Rooney was first goalscorer in both games against QPR last season.Scholes has scored three goals in three Premier League games against QPR.QPR have taken just three points from the last 57 available in Premier League away matches (W0 D3 L16).United have won 12 and lost just one of their last 14 Premier League games at Old Trafford; a run that includes a 2-0 win over QPR.The Reds are yet to draw a game this season, only four teams in Premier League history have drawn none of their opening 13 games.United have the best conversion rate in the Premier League this season, scoring with 19.4%, while QPR have the lowest 7.6%.

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