Manchester United v Queens Park Rangers
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester
KO: 13:30 (GMT), Sunday 8th April 2012
Referee: Lee Mason
By Paul Bienkowski
Manchester United, now 5 points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League and they have the chance to make it 8 points before Manchester City play Arsenal at the Emirates. A win against Queens Park Rangers will pile the pressure on City, pressure which they cannot handle. Should they come away with anything less than a win, there could be at least a 7 point lead for United.
There is some work to do before we reach the promised land of 20 league titles, but United certainly hold the advantage. During the last week, Everton’s Phil Neville stated he thought United would win the league against them 8 days before the Manchester Derby at the Etihad.
United now play 3 games in an 8 day period, and certainly need a strong squad to keep our undefeated record in the league since January. United are starting to see most injured players make their return from injury and now we just have long term injuries of Nemanja Vidic, Darren Fletcher, Anderson and Anders Lindegaard. Michael Owen has been training and has said he will be involved during the run in.
QPR have scalped some bigger teams with a recent 2-1 win against Arsenal and the magnificent comeback against Liverpool in which they won 3-2. Mark Hughes side have certainly shown how they can rise to the challenge, but Sir Alex Ferguson’s men will have to keep them at bay tomorrow.
Personally I think we will beat QPR tomorrow but we could be in for goals in the last 10 minutes again like the 2 we scored against Blackburn on Monday night. Again I will say Antonio Valencia will be the player to watch but Wayne Rooney is also reaching end of season form and with the two playing like they do, QPR’s defence really needs to be ready for them. David De Gea, who performed some magnificent saves against Blackburn, will surely be the man to keep out any goals for QPR, the last few months has seen him become the beginnings of a great keeper for United!
All being well I hope to see United 8 points clear at the top of the league with City losing at Arsenal, I would settle for a draw between the two though, leaving us 7 points clear providing we beat QPR – NUMBER 20 is getting closer…..
Match Facts – Manchester United
- Last 10 league game form – WWWWWWWDWW
- Last 5 league home game form – WWWWW
- In Manchester United’s last 5 home games they have taken 15 points out of 15
- Manchester United have scored 24 goals in their last 10 league games, conceding 7
- Manchester United’s top scorer in the league is Wayne Rooney on 21 goals
- Manchester United have great form in the Premier League against QPR, beaten them 4 times & drawn once at Loftus Road and beaten them 3 times & drawn once at Old Trafford
- Manchester United has had 5 clean sheets in their last 10 league games, 4 at Old Trafford
Match Facts – Queens Park Rangers
- Last 10 league game form – WLWLDLLLDW
- Last 5 league away game form – LLLDL
- In QPR last 5 away games they have taken 1 point out of 15
- QPR have scored 16 goals in their last 10 league games & conceded 19
- QPR’s top scorer in the league is Heidar Helguson on 8 goals
- QPR have never beaten Manchester United in the Premier League
- QPR have not had a clean sheet in their last 10 league games
Team News – Manchester United
De Gea, Amos, Rafael, Fabio, Evra, Smalling, Jones, Ferdinand, Evans, Carrick, Cleverley, Scholes, Nani, Giggs, Park, Pogba, Young, Valencia, Rooney, Welbeck, Hernandez, Berbatov
Injuries/Doubts: Vidic (knee), Anderson (hamstring), Fletcher (bowel condition), Lindegaard (ankle), Owen (thigh)
Star Man: Antonio Valencia
Team News – Queens Park Rangers
Kenny, Cerny, Murphy, Young, Gabbidon, Onuoha, Ferdinand, Taiwo, Hill, Derry, Diakite, Barton, Buzsaky, Taarabt, Smith, Mackie, Wright-Phillips, Hulse, Bothroyd, Zamora, Helguson, Campbell
Injuries/Doubts: Traore (hamstring), Fitz Hall (hamstring)
Star Man: Heidar Helguson
Match Prediction: Manchester United 3 – 0 Queens Park Rangers
By Paul Bienkowski