QPR vs Manchester United: Premier League match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at Loftus Road

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Louis van Gaal will hope his Manchester United side can end a run of three matches without a win when they travel to a similarly beleaguered Queens Park Rangers on Saturday afternoon.

The Red Devils’ have netted just once in their last three league games and failed to register a shot on target in their 1-0 loss to Southampton at Old Trafford on Sunday. Although it was United’s first defeat in ten league matches, the languid performance raised questions over Van Gaal’s preferred 3-5-2 system and fans have been calling for the introduction of Colombian striker Radamel Falcao to liven things up.

It is perhaps fortunate, then, that they should face the side that have conceded three more goals than any other team in the Premier League this season. QPR, in a slump of their own, have picked up just two points from their last four matches and after the most recent of their ten away defeats this term, defender Richard Dunne was involved in a spat with his own fans after the Hoops’ lost 2-1 to Burnley.

In stark contrast to their awful away form, Harry Redknapp’s side are unbeaten in their last seven matches at Loftus Road and will know full well that a defeat could send them bottom of the league.

KICK-OFF: Saturday, 3pm

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

Manchester United 4 (Di Maria, Herrera, Rooney, Mata) QPR 0, Premier League, September 2014

QPR 0 Manchester United 2 (Rafael, Giggs), Premier League, February 2013

Manchester United 3 (Evans, Fletcher, Hernandez) QPR 1 (Mackie), Premier League, November 2012

STATS…

Man United have lost just once in their last ten visits to London

QPR have not beaten Man United in any competition since New Year’s Day 1992 and not at Loftus Road since May 1989

United have scored 14 goals by 12 different scorers in their last six meetings with QPR

Charlie Austin is the first QPR player to score more than ten Premier League goals in a season since Les Ferdinand’s tally of 24 in 1994/1995

QPR have not yet beaten a side currently in the top half of the table

ODDS…

QPR to win: 6

Man United to win: 1.65

Draw: 4

TV: Highlights on BBC1 at 10.25pm.

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