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12:23 22nd February 2013

by @OfficialQPR

Esteban praises R’s supporters for their continued backing …

ESTEBAN GRANERO has described QPR’s fans as “perfect” as Rangers prepare for the visit of table-topping Manchester United this weekend.

Speaking to QPR’s official phone-in show London Call-in, in association with EQ8, Granero said: “We keep asking the fans to be with us, and every weekend they are outstanding, right behind us. 

“The way they have been throughout the season has been perfect, and we can only thank them for this, and ask them to stay as passionate as they have been.”

Granero came on at half-time in our 4-1 defeat at Swansea a fortnight ago. Despite the loss, his performance drew praise from manager Harry Redknapp following the game.

But the 25 year-old believes Bobby Zamora – who also joined the fray at the break – is worthy of greater praise. 

“You can never be pleased when you lose,” Granero said. “We played better in the second half and the whole team realised that the things we did in the first half were not correct. 

“I think the change was more to do with Bobby than me, he is a top player and he can give a lot of opportunities to the midfielders, and the whole team. He made a great impact.”

Granero and his team-mates have had a fortnight to mull over that Swansea loss and the former Real Madrid man feels the break in fixtures came at the right time for QPR as they ready themselves for United’s visit.

“It was better for us to have the two weeks to get ready for this game, we have trained hard and done a lot of tactics,” he said.

“We have to start winning games, we have to look for three points in every game. It will be difficult on Saturday because Manchester United are now the best team in England but we can do it. 

“We are at our stadium which is a big advantage and we have our supporters behind us.

“This game is special for the fans and they must know this match is also very important for us and we will give 100 per cent on the pitch.”

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