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  • December 18, 2011
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Premier League Preview: QPR - Manchester United

Sir Alex Ferguson's side has made a habit of grinding out narrow away victories in the league of late and will go top if it can edge out the struggling Hoops this weekend


PROBABLE LINEUPS

QUEENS PARK RANGERS

Cerny
Traore, Hill, Gabbidon, Young
Faurlin, Derry, Barton
Wright-Phillips, Helguson, Bothroyd
MANCHESTER UNITED

De Gea
Evra, Ferdinand, Evans, Smalling
Nani, Carrick, Jones, Young
Rooney, Welbeck

The most glaring omission for the Hoops will be the ever-enigmatic Adel Taarabt who is still on the route to recovery from a thigh muscle strain. Similarly crocked are Paddy Kenny (thigh) and Anton Ferdinand (hamstring), while current goalscorer-in-chief Heidur Helguson faces a late fitness test of the groin problem that saw him miss out at Anfield.

It’s likely that Neil Warnock will plump for largely the same personnel who were narrowly edged out by Liverpool, with Shaun Derry coming in to provide extra cover in the middle.

Sir Alex Ferguson also has a spate of injuries to contend with following the additional headaches supplied by the long-term absences of Darren Fletcher and Nemanja Vidic. The duo join the Da Silva twins, Javier Hernandez, Anderson, Dimitar Berbatov plus assorted others in the Carrington treatment room. With that in mind, it’s likely that United will give Phil Jones another chance to impress in midfield, as well as utilize the dual attacking threats of Nani and Ashley Young on either flank, with Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney up top.

 DID YOU KNOW?

  • Manchester United has hit the back of the net just once in each of its last three League games away from Old Trafford, clocking up three 1-0 results before this weekend.
  • Shaun Wright-Phillips (pictured right) has had more shots without getting on the scoresheet than any other Premier league player, failing to hit the back of the net in 32 attempts.
  • United is undefeated in its last 11 outings against QPR, winning eight of those meetings.
  • United has won just six of its last 21 Premier League games in London.
  • QPR has lost four of its last six Premier League games.
  • United has conceded 79 percent of its goals in the second half - the highest proportion in the league.
  • Heidur Helguson has scored six goals in his last seven top-flight appearances.
  • QPR has never beaten Manchester United in the Premier League.
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Available Squads
24Radek CernyGoalkeeper
19Danny GabbidonDefender
2Matthew ConnollyDefender
3Armand TraoréDefender
18Luke YoungDefender
32Alejandro FaurlinMidfielder
17Joey BartonMidfielder
11Shaun Wright-PhillipsMidfielder
12Jamie MackieStriker
9Jay BothroydStriker
9Heidar HelgussonStriker
1Paddy KennyGoalkeeper
6Clint HillDefender
16Bradley OrrDefender
4Shaun DerryMidfielder
7Adel TaarabtMidfielder
9DJ CampbellStriker
14Tommy SmithStriker
1David de GeaGoalkeeper
6Jonny EvansDefender
5Rio FerdinandDefender
3Patrice EvraDefender
12Chris SmallingDefender
4Phil JonesDefender
16Michael CarrickMidfielder
17NaniMidfielder
25Antonio ValenciaMidfielder
10Wayne RooneyStriker
19Danny WelbeckStriker
13Anders LindegaardGoalkeeper
35Ezekiel FryersDefender
13Ji-Sung ParkMidfielder
18Ashley YoungMidfielder
9Dimitar BerbatovStriker
14Javier HernándezStriker
Players to Watch
Alejandro Faurlin
Alejandro Faurlin
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 32
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Ashley Young
Ashley Young
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 18
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

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