With United now five points clear at the top of the Premier League, they have the ideal opportunity to extend that to eight points and put intense pressure on a Manchester City side who are slipping behind in the title race and kick off after our game has finished. Squeaky-bum time Mr Mancini!
In our last fixture, at Ewood Park, United won courtesy of two late goals. In his pre-match press conference Sir Alex Ferguson mentioned he wouldn`t be too upset if the same thing happened this time around, against Queens Park Rangers, with the boss remarking,
“Well, it`s certainly more exciting, that`s for sure. QPR is like the Blackburn game – another team fighting for survival.”
“It`s never easy, but we managed to get a fantastic result with the late goals.”
“And I don`t mind if we have to wait until the last 10 minutes again to win on Sunday.”
“Over the years we`ve had these moments when we`ve scored late goals. It`s part of the history that we don`t give in.”
Personally, I`d prefer an early goal to calm my nerves.
Manchester United Team News:
With the games coming thick and fast this Easter break, Sir Alex Ferguson will, probably, rotate his squad to keep the team fresh.
Here at Vital Manchester United we expect Nani to make a return, after recovering from injury, although Anderson and Owen remain sidelined alongside long term injury victims Vidic and Fletcher.
Player to watch: Wayne Rooney
Wayne will be looking to enhance a run that has seen him score five times in his last three Premier League games at Old Trafford
QPR Team News:
The ex-United legend Mark Hughes, now tasked with keeping Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League, brings his squad to Old Trafford with the news that two of his strikers, DJ Campbell and Heidar Helguson could be available for selection.
Player to watch: Bobby Zamora
Took the plunge in the January transfer window and moved across West London from Fulham. We`re not sure the move has worked out that well but Bobby will be looking to put in a performance to ensure he remains a possible inclusion in the Euro 2012 Finals squad.
Match Facts & Stats
Queens Park Rangers arrive in Manchester with a dismal record, in the Premier League, against United. Nine previous visits have seen United win 7 and draw 2.
Going back beyond the Premier League shows that United have lost just 6 times to the West London outfit in the last 39 matches.
Lee Mason is the official appointed to take charger of this encounter.
Now is the time when titles are won and lost. There is no room for slip-ups and United are past-masters of getting their noses in front and staying in front until the finishing line. Queens Park Rangers will arrive believing they can get a result but do they really have a chance? I`d say no! It might be nervy until that first goal goes in but then I expect the floodgates to open as United cruise home by at least a three goal margin.
Our next fixture sees us make the short journey to face Wigan at the DW Stadium.