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HARRY Redknapp believes the manner in which QPR conceded the opening goal at Old Trafford ultimately led to their downfall against Louis van Gaal’s new-look Manchester United side.

Rangers succumbed to a 4-0 defeat in the North West, with first half goals from man-of-the-match Angel Di Maria, Ander Herrera and Wayne Rooney giving the home side the impetus.

Juan Mata added a fourth after the break, but Redknapp bemoaned the Red Devils’ opener, which came after the R’s conceded a ‘needless’ free-kick in a dangerous area, allowing Di Maria to curl home.

“Obviously it was a really disappointing result for us,” Redknapp told www.qpr.co.uk.

“To be honest, I was sitting there after 20 minutes or so thinking we were bang in the game, because they were struggling to break us down despite having lots of possession.

“They had a lot of the ball, but we were getting behind the ball well and restricting them to very little opportunities.

“The first goal was really disappointing.

“It was a rash free-kick to give away, a foul for no real reason, really needless – and they punished us.

“Then we conceded two goals in a short space of time and all of a sudden we’re out of the game.

“To come in 3-0 down at half-time – when they’d only had four shots on goal – was really tough to take

“I’ve been here before when my keeper has had to make save after save after save, but that wasn’t the case in that first half.”

Redknapp added: “Matty Phillips had a great chance at 1-0, when their keeper has come out and made a mistake.

“He should have scored and then maybe it’s a different game.”

Despite the defeat, the R’s gaffer was keen to look at the bigger picture, adding: “These aren’t the games that will shape our season.

“Listen, they’ve got quality all over their squad – their font-line is magnificent, on a different level really. But I don’t want us losing 4-0 away from home every week.

“We’ve got to be better and I think we will improve.

“We just need to get one or two of the lads a bit fitter – Sandro and (Leroy) Fer need games.

“We missed (Joey) Barton and (Jordon) Mutch, who are injured – I’d have liked them in the side to beef up the midfield a bit.”