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MATCH PREVIEW

PUBLISHED
09:30 23rd November 2012

THE FRIDAY PREVIEW: UNITED

THE R’S face the daunting prospect of a trip to Old Trafford – the home of Manchester United – on Saturday afternoon.

After last weekend’s disappointing defeat to fellow strugglers Southampton, Mark Hughes’s men will be keen to bounce back with an improved display against Sir Alex Ferguson’s high-fliers.

The Red Devils lie just one point and one position below table-toppers Manchester City but know victory against QPR will take them top, with their near-neighbours not in action until Sunday.

Hughes – a legend as a player at Old Trafford – is likely to welcome Stephane Mbia back into his starting XI, with the Cameroon international clear to play following a three-match ban.

However, Bobby Zamora will miss out owing to a hip complaint, while Fabio da Silva can’t feature against his parent club under the terms of his loan deal.

Former United midfielder Ji-Sung Park remains a doubt, but Jamie Mackie could be pushing for a starting role after making a positive impact from the bench against the Saints last weekend.

United are expected to make wholesale changes following their defeat to Galatasary in the Champions League in midweek.

Wayne Rooney could return after missing the last two fixtures, while versatile defender Phil Jones is also pushing for a first league start of the season after coming through Wednesday’s 1-0 defeat in Turkey unscathed.


Manchester United - Likely Line-up (4-4-2): De Gea; Rafael, Ferdinand, Smalling, Evra; Valencia, Giggs, Carrick, Young; van Persie, Rooney.


Star Man … Robin VAN PERSIE


All United fans will remember where they were when news broke that a deal had been agreed with Arsenal to bring Robin van Persie to Old Trafford.

Reigning PFA Player of the Year and Football Writers’ Footballer of the Year, the Dutchman was top scorer in the Barclays Premier League last term with 30 goals, three ahead of his nearest challenger and now team-mate, Wayne Rooney.

Life in the red of Manchester United has been equally as profitable for RVP, with 11 goals in all competitions so far this season instantly endearing him to the United faithful.


Match Odds with Bet Victor

Manchester United win: 1/5
Draw: 13/2
QPR win: 16/1


Last League Meeting

Manchester United 2, QPR 0 – Barclays Premier League – Sunday 8th April 2012
Scorers: Manchester United – Rooney (pen), Scholes


Match Officials

Referee: L Probert
Assistants: S Beck & S Child
Fourth Official: G Eltringham


Match Coverage

Whether you’re at Old Trafford or not this weekend, Rangers fans across the globe can enjoy a whole of host of exclusive content – both before and after Saturday’s clash with the Red Devils – on QPR Player.

Coverage will include our Matchday Radio Show, live commentary, extended highlights, the manager’s post-match press conference and much, much more.

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Premier League – Weekend Fixtures

Kick-offs 3pm unless stated 

Saturday 24th November
Sunderland v West Bromwich Albion (12.45pm)
Everton v Norwich City
Manchester United v QPR
Stoke City v Fulham 
Wigan Athletic v Reading 
Aston Villa v Arsenal 

Sunday 25th November
Swansea City v Liverpool (1.30pm) 
Southampton v Newcastle United 
Chelsea v Manchester City (4pm) 
Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United (4pm) 

Next QPR Fixture

Sunderland (A) – Barclays Premier League – Tuesday 27th November, kick-off 7.45pm 

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