Saturday 23rd February 2013 kick-off 15.00pm (GMT)
By Sean McGuire
Manchester United have a relatively full-strength squad ahead of Saturday’s game with QPR and Sir Alex Ferguson is expected to bring some of his big guns back who were rested against Reading on Monday night.
David De Gea will start in goal and in front of him Ferdinand and Evans will play in the centre-back positions. Evra and Rafael will return to the line-up at full-back. Smalling, Vidic and Buttner are also available. Jones is out through injury.
Carrick and Cleverley are likely to start in the centre of midfield, with Giggs and Anderson as alternative options. Kagawa is available and may play just behind the striker. Nani could start on either wing after impressing as a substitute on Monday. Young and Valencia may also feature. Fletcher is out for the season.
Wayne Rooney is still recovering from a sinus infection, which means Van Persie could line-up with Hernandez. Welbeck could play upfront or in a wider position.
QPR have taken just two points from 11 Premier League games with United
QPR’s last win against United was a 4-1 win at Old Trafford on New Year’s Day 1992.
QPR’s last win against United at Loftus Road came in May 1989.
Only one team in Premier League history has gained more points from their opening 26 games than United this season (Chelsea 2005-06, 66 points).
United have scored one more goal (62) than Chelsea in 2009-10 (61) had after 26 games, when they went on to end the season with a record 103 goals.
This game sees the team with the Premier League’s worst conversion rate (8%) host the team with the best conversion rate (21%).
United have been successful with only two of their five Premier League penalties this season.
QPR: Cesar, Green, Murphy, Onuoha, Hill, Ben Haim, Samba, Mbia, Fabio, Traore, Granero, Diakite, Hoilett, Park, Derry, Taarabt, Jenas, Townsend, Wright-Phillips, Mackie, Remy, Bothroyd, Zamora.
Manchester United: De Gea, Rafael, Evra, Buttner, Smalling, Vidic, Evans, Ferdinand, Carrick, Cleverley, Anderson, Giggs, Kagawa, Young, Valencia, Nani, Van Persie, Hernandez, Welbeck.
Referee: A. Taylor
Ground: Loftus Road
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