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The former Red Devils striker believes that it is inevitable that the championship will go to his old club but will hope to cause an upset against the league leaders on Sunday

QPR manager Mark Hughes believes that Manchester United will reclaim the Premier League title, but he is still looking for an upset when he faces his former club at the weekend.

Earlier in the season it seemed that another of the 48-year-old's former teams, Manchester City, were destined to win their first league title since 1968, however, with seven matches remaining, it is Sir Alex Ferguson’s side who are on top and five points clear of City.

While the Welshman hopes to cause an upset at Old Trafford, he does not expect any more surprises in the title race and believes that it is only inevitable that United will go on to win the league.

"I think at this stage of the season there is a little bit of a sense of inevitability," Hughes told reporters.

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"United have been in this situation so many times before, City haven't and I think that can be key in this situation.

"You sense that United are looking at fixtures, taking each game on its merits and just ticking off games they have to play from now until the end of the season.

"We'll make it difficult for them but [you] certainly sense that, because of the situation and the turnaround that has occurred, United are in the box seat.

"You would be very surprised if they lost it from the position they find themselves in now."

While many will feel that United will achieve victory on Sunday and, if only temporarily, open up an eight-point gap at the top, the Hoops will be looking to beat the drop.

With only seven games left and tough trips to Chelsea and City to come, along with Sunday’s difficult game at United, Hughes’ side will go into the game full of confidence after their 2-1 victory over Arsenal last weekend.

"We'll make it difficult for them but [you] certainly sense that United are in the box seat"

- Mark Hughes

"The three points was the main thing but the pleasing part from my point of view was the manner of the performance," the Hoops boss added.

"I think from start to finish it was a good, solid performance and we had a good understanding of what we had to do to go and get a result against them.

"The lads went out and performed to the letter so really, from my point of view, we have to keep on replicating that and the application that we showed.

"The determination to see the game through to its conclusion was there for everybody to see so if we show that in the games we have remaining we will pick up more points, which is obviously the order of the day."