United go to QPR today with the aim of extending our lead to 15 points at the top of the table ahead of City’s game against Chelsea. QPR’s recent form is pretty poor, with them winning just one of their last eight games. Their home record isn’t anything to worry anyone either, with their last win coming against Fulham over two months again. Harry Redknapp was supposed to ride in to QPR and save them from relegation after Mark Hughes was sacked last November. They were 5 points away from escaping the relegation zone then but that distance has increased 7 points now. “I can’t wait to get to work and get the results necessary to kickstart our season,” Redknapp said upon getting the job, but opted to watch QPR’s next game from the stands at Old Trafford, seemingly not as eager to get to work as he claimed. They’ve gone on to win 13 points from a possible 39 since then, including a win at Stamford Bridge and a draw at home against City.
Having rotated the squad on Monday for our win against Reading after our trip to the Bernabeu, we are likely to see a full strength team face up to the QPR, with the likes of Michael Carrick, Patrice Evra and Wayne Rooney to return to the starting XI. After scoring one and assisting the other, Nani will be hoping to get in the starting team, with Ashley Young also hopeful of another opportunity to prove he is worthy of getting in the squad for Real Madrid.
Wayne Rooney has travelled with the squad despite not training all week because of illness. Ferguson always says he’s the kind of player who needs games to get in the rhythm of playing well so he will be eager to play Wazza today if he can.
There are no easy games in the Premier League and as City and Chelsea have shown over recent weeks, QPR are capable of getting a result. You imagine that Fergie’s team talks are getting our players in the perfect frame of mind and with our biggest game of the season so far in a couple of weeks, they won’t need any extra motivation to show the boss what they’re capable of.
Come on United!