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QPR
QPR
Played
April 8, 2012 1:30 PM BST
Old Trafford — Manchester
Referee:‬ L. Mason‎
Attendance:‬ 75505‎
 
15′ (PG) Wayne Rooney
 
68′ Paul Scholes
 

Manchester United - QPR Preview: Hosts will go eight points clear of Manchester City with a win at Old Trafford

The Red Devils have won seven league games on the bounce since drawing with Chelsea; with the visitors on a poor run away from home it looks like another victory is on the horizon

By John Stammers


PROBABLE LINEUPS

MANCHESTER UNITED

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

QPR


Kenny
Young, Ferdinand, Onuoha, Taiwo
Mackie, Barton, Derry, Diakite
Taarabt
Zamora

Sir Alex Ferguson has no fresh injury worries ahead of Sunday's clash and will be boosted by the return of Nani, who has missed the last five games with an ankle injury.

The United boss is likely to make some changes as the team embark on a week containing three games. However, he is likely to keep in-form Antonio Valencia in the starting line-up, which could see Ashley Young dropped to accommodate the Portuguese.

Michael Owen (thigh) has not recovered in time to play a part in the game at Old Trafford and therefore Sir Alex's main choice up front is again whether to pair Wayne Rooney with Danny Welbeck or Javier Hernandez.

Other changes could see Chris Smalling come in for Rafael and Paul Scholes drop to the bench for Phil Jones.

QPR boss Mark Hughes is without the suspended Djibril Cisse, who misses his second match from a four-game ban, while Armand Traore and Fitz Hall are still absent.  

However, both DJ Campbell and Heidar Helguson return to the squad after prolonged spells on the sidelines.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Manchester United can go eight points clear of rivals Manchester City, at least for a couple of hours, with a win on Sunday.
  • Sir Alex's men have defeated QPR nine times in their last 12 meetings across all competitions, losing none of those fixtures.
  • United have lost just two of their last 36 games at Old Trafford, winning on 32 occasions.
  • The Premier League leaders have only conceded once in their last five home league matches.
  • Antonio Valencia (pictured) has contributed 12 assists and four goals in his 16 league starts so far.
  • QPR have lost 15 out of 19 league games at Old Trafford, winning only once.
  • Hughes' men have managed pick up just two points from their last nine away fixtures in the league.
  • However, they will be buoyed by having ended Arsenal's impressive winning streak with a 2-1 victory over the Gunners at Loftus Road in their most recent match.
  • Anton Ferdinand, brother of United defender Rio, has scored own goals in his last two league visits to Old Trafford.
  • Rangers have failed to keep a clean sheet in 12 games away from home.


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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
1David de GeaGoalkeeper
3Patrice EvraDefender
5Rio FerdinandDefender
6Jonny EvansDefender
21Rafael SilvaMidfielder
16Michael CarrickMidfielder
18Ashley YoungMidfielder
18Paul ScholesMidfielder
25Antonio ValenciaMidfielder
10Wayne RooneyStriker
19Danny WelbeckStriker
40Ben AmosGoalkeeper
4Phil JonesDefender
11Ryan GiggsMidfielder
13Ji-Sung ParkMidfielder
23Tom CleverleyMidfielder
6Paul PogbaMidfielder
14Javier 'Chicharito' HernandezStriker
1Paddy KennyGoalkeeper
3Taye TaiwoDefender
6Clint HillDefender
-Anton FerdinandDefender
15Nedum OnuohaDefender
21Samba DiakitéMidfielder
7Adel TaarabtMidfielder
14A. BuzsakyMidfielder
4Shaun DerryMidfielder
12Jamie MackieStriker
9Jay BothroydStriker
24Radek CernyGoalkeeper
18Luke YoungDefender
19Danny GabbidonDefender
11Shaun Wright-PhillipsMidfielder
9DJ CampbellStriker
14Tommy SmithStriker
25B. ZamoraStriker
Players to Watch
Nani
Nani
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 17
Games Goals YC RC
10 0 0 0
The 25-year-old has been sidelined for five weeks but should return to the action against QPR, with the west London side really struggling at the moment the game could be a good chance for the midfielder to ease himself back into the fray.

The former Sporting Lisbon man will certainly not walk straight back into the side though, with Valencia and Young both currently in fine form Ferguson may not start him and therefore when his chance comes along he'll need to grab it with both hands.The 25-year-old has been sidelined for five weeks but should return to the action against QPR, and with the west London side really struggling away from home at the moment the game could be a good chance for the midfielder to ease himself back into the fray.

The former Sporting Lisbon man will certainly not walk straight back into the side though, with Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young both currently in fine form, so Sir Alex may not start him and therefore when his chance comes along he'll need to grab it with both hands.                                             
Anton Ferdinand
Anton Ferdinand
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
A fixture against United will always have an extra edge for the defender, who will line up against his older brother Rio. But unfortunately the 27-year-old hasn't got a great record at Old Trafford, having putting the ball in his own net on his last two visits.

However, Ferdinand has won there during his time with West Ham United and will be a key man if Hughes' men are to halt United's rampant attack from claiming their eighth successive league win and not leave Manchester empty handed.                                            
Prediction
United head into Sunday's clash in championship-winning form and will see the game as a great chance to enhance the gap between themselves and Roberto Mancini's men, who face Arsenal later in the day.

Old Trafford has been a fortress for Sir Alex's men, and with QPR pretty dismal on the road it's hard to see anything but a home win. Despite the visitors already haviung beaten Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal at Loftus Road this season the Red Devils will surely have too much for them on home turf this weekend.
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QPR 0
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