After only one win in five Premier League games, Manchester United will be looking to return to form at Queens Park Rangers, who are back in the bottom three.
The West London club have only taken two points from crucial games with Crystal Palace, Swansea City and Burnley, and are now very much in danger once again. That makes this match even more crucial, while the scoring burden must be eased on Charlie Austin.
Manager Harry Redknapp was left to rue sloppy defending at Turf Moor as his side set an unwanted Premier League record of losing their first 10 away matches. Frustrated supporters then had their say, leading to a heated confrontation with some of the players.
Sunday’s defeat at home to Southampton saw Man Utd fail to register a shot on target, and Louis van Gaal’s substitutions had far from the desired effect. The Dutchman faced tough questions afterwards for omitting Radamel Falcao from the squad, but here he will be focused on improving the club’s record of just two away league wins all season.
Much has been made of the fact that van Gaal has taken the same number of points after 21 games as predecessor David Moyes, but while he has undoubtedly overseen an improvement, Southampton proved that a title charge appears beyond the at this stage.
Rio Ferdinand will be hoping to feature for QPR against his former club, but the hosts are definitely without Alejandro Faurlin, Sandro and Yun Suk-Young.
Man Utd are still unable to call upon Ashley Young, and they have doubts over Robin van Persie because of an ankle injury.
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