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Razor sharp United head for the bush

Carrick v QPR Away 2011The fixtures are coming thick and fast with United producing result after result at crucial moments and looking sharper by the week. This weekend’s trip to Shepherds Bush in West London to face QPR is yet another chance and yet another crucial moment United need to capitalise on.

Sitting pretty twelve points clear of our closest rivals, United kickoff almost 24hrs ahead of City who face a very tricky looking match at home to Chelsea, by the time they get underway United could be a nerve inducing FIFTEEN points clear.

History and form are on our side and I can’t see us slipping up although it won’t be straightforward. RedRants’ recommended prediction site – Betegy – sees this going United’s way too, predicting a 1-0 win to impound yet more pressure on QPR, Harry Redknapp, Manchester City AND the best manager in England….Roberto ‘he’s definitely cracking up’ Mancini.

Since the inception of The Premier League, QPR have yet to get the better of United taking just two points from 11 attempts.

Since their latest promotion in 2011 we’ve seen them off by two-clear goals each time (0-2, 2-0, 3-1), last season Wayne Rooney opened the scoring in the first minute while Michael Carrick rounded off the scoring on a day when Sir Alex pushed Phil Jones into midfield as Carricks partner and, memorably, Jones was a revelation there. How ironic then Jones is set to miss the game and also a doubt for the return leg versus Real Madrid after his eye catching ‘Destroyer Role’ performance at The Bernabeu.

Predicted Lineup v QPR Away Feb 13In his press conference yesterday Sir Alex Ferguson commented on Phil Jones’ ankle injury and looked disappointed for himself AND the for lad himself saying Jones is “in with an outside chance of Madrid, that’s all” but confirmed he will miss out this weekend.

Sir Alex also pointed out that Jones was a victim of his own youthful exuberance suggesting Jones was off balance but yet 100% committed to winning a ball he may, in future, think twice about.

The need to give some players game time and others a rest will probably mean a few changes tomorrow with the onus on getting the players up for a fight. This increases the loss felt by the absence of Rooney who leads by example and always carries the fight to the opposition.

Does Sir Alex rest RvP? I think he might be tempted to start him on the bench tomorrow and use Hernandez up top on his own with the industry of Welbeck and Valencia on the wings although I get the feeling there’s a place in the side for Nani who came on to devastating effect on Monday night to sink Reading. The lineup will be interesting and could look a tad unorthodox.

QPR are struggling, they need to start winning and they need to start winning fast if they harbour any hopes of survival. They’re playing for (and getting) draws at the moment so expect a rear guard action, Redknapp will no doubt look for a bonus point from tomorrow knowing there’s more realistic points to be gained after Saturday. It’s United’s job to seize on those sentiments are taken advantage of them.

If you are a betting man/woman, Betegy’s record is quite impressive. Betegy has predicted each of United’s most recent RESULTS to within one goal with the outcomes all correct. Why not see for yourself.

Each week Betegy give percentages of what’s most likely to happen within each game for each team. This week QPR’s highest chance is to score zero, United’s highest percentage is to score just one and the most likely scoreline is 0-1. With the rotation, compactness of Loftus Road and against a team in relegation trouble that could prove to be accurate.

Betegy QPR v United Feb 2013

I’m going with a United win and an increase in our lead at the top come Sunday evening with Chelsea gaining a point on Sunday. Sir Alex said in his presser yesterday “we will drop points between now and the end of the season….but so will City”. Let’s hope it’s them and not us who prove the great man right this weekend.



  1. Stephen

    22 February 2013 at 15:11

    I have a terrible feeling we will drop points tommorrow………

    • Ian

      22 February 2013 at 16:30

      Don’t πŸ™‚

      • Stephen

        22 February 2013 at 16:44

        @Ian: I know mate, but in the immortal words of Han Solo, “I have a bad feeling about this”

        • Ian

          22 February 2013 at 17:12

          Well don’t!

      • Stephen

        22 February 2013 at 17:23

        @Ian: It just would be typical United to drop points. You can see the media banging on about Harry Houdini and the title race is back on blah blah.
        This is a massive game, QPR have played well against the top sides this season, I will pray to Saint Robin tonight.

        • Opti

          22 February 2013 at 21:11

          @Stephen: Is St. Robin, the Little Mexican Pea? He will score a brace tomorrow… MMW

        • Ian

          22 February 2013 at 21:16

          You think The Pea will? Yeah?

  2. Opti

    22 February 2013 at 15:20

    I love Brendan Rodgers… he is better than Rafa:
    a) From their Europa League adventure after losing R32 to ZstP:

    I thought we were incredible. Obviously two down from the first leg and to concede again you might think the tie was over

    b) About league ambitions (when Liverpool hadn’t beaten ANYONE above them in the table — neither have United πŸ˜† ):

    [Top 4] now looks unlikely, but I have got to be realistic. With the group of players we had at the start of the season, qualifying for the Champions League was always going to be difficult. There might not be any trophies to show and we might not finish in fourth place

    For me, I will always say something is possible if it is mathematically possible. Say, for example, we won 10 out of our last 12 games, that would take us close to fourth place.

    We are as good as any team in the League. In some games, our dominance has been great.

    We are 11 points off second and that can all turn around very quickly

    c) On FA Cup exit to Oldham:

    I was really disappointed with our young players. We are trying to give them experience and let them see what it’s like to play for Liverpool, but you’ve got to be able to be competitive and part of a group that is going to challenge for trophies

    d) On youngsters:

    My big thing is getting in young players in here from the local area, here in Liverpool, from Liverpool

    – Recently

    e) On team [after loaning Horseman Carroll to West Ham]:

    We have a very, very small squad. A very thin squad.

    – October

    Many more… his rant against Joe Cole, for example πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

    • Moscow

      22 February 2013 at 15:40

      @Opti: The worst thing is he actually believes that he is some sort of fancy footballing intellect and has a ‘philosophy’. LFC are a joke, but a bad one at that, advocating racists and disgusting behaviour. Arsenal come close, but I don’t know a more deluded club in all honesty.

  3. elvido

    22 February 2013 at 21:48

    I hope we get the incoming/rested players time on the pitch. Would love to see
    Vally – Smalling-Rio/Vida – Evra
    Nani – Clev-Ando/Carrick – Young


  4. Sahal

    23 February 2013 at 08:52

    Hope Hernandez and RVP start up front,QPR’s defence is really there for the taking.I’m guessing will also be given the chance to continue on from his impressive display against Reading.3 points would really intensify the pressure on City.
    Come on United 😈

  5. Stephen

    23 February 2013 at 10:11

    We need to start with our best eleven, I really can see us dropping needless points today.
    This will be QPR’s Cup Final, nothing wouldplease me more than hammering another nail in their coffin, after their pathetic display on the last day season when they knew they were safe.

    • Moscow

      23 February 2013 at 11:47

      @Stephen: We always make it difficult for ourselves, even Fergie admits it. Far from just getting the 3 points, we should to send out a message by humiliating QPR in front of their own fans after what you mentioned. A last minute offside goal would do just as nicely πŸ˜€

  6. Stephen

    23 February 2013 at 12:06

    Moscow, I totally agree, if we humbled QPR today I also think it would effect City tomorrow. They seem to be mentally in not a very good place, also your post about Liverpool’s intellect earlier was brilliant, will said mate.

  7. Opti

    23 February 2013 at 14:50


    De Gea; Rafael, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Nani, Giggs, Carrick, Young; Hernandez, van Persie.

    Subs: Lindegaard Evans Valencia Anderson Rooney Welbeck Cleverley

    My only concern is Giggs in midfield… and that Cesar may have a blinder… otherwise, 5-1 United… Chicharito with brace!!!


    • The_Philosopher

      23 February 2013 at 15:00

      @Opti: I actually think Ashley Young is a better option on the right than Valencia.

      Wow. Nice set up. except for Giggs in midfield

      Rooney on the bench. Nice to see him not starting

  8. The_Philosopher

    23 February 2013 at 15:04

    I’ll be so upset if QPR cost us points today.

    They couldn’t beat Norwich and West Ham.

    They held City and Totenham.

    But we have to beat them.

    They should have picked up points against Norwich and West Ham.

  9. The_Philosopher

    23 February 2013 at 15:24

    I love Rafael!!!!

    What a goal

  10. The_Philosopher

    23 February 2013 at 15:30

    van Persie is struggling with some sort of niggle.

    I’m so concerned.

    At least we have Rooney and Kagawa to finish the campaign if RVP has to bow out for a bit.

    But we need RVP in the run in against Real Madrid. . .

    I think he hit a board when he cut the ball back for Rafael’s goal

  11. The_Philosopher

    23 February 2013 at 15:31

    RVP looks ok.

    What a scare. . .

    He had me going for half a minute there

  12. The_Philosopher

    23 February 2013 at 15:47

    Nani and Ashley Young have played decent first halves.

    What an awesome squad we have. RVP and Chicha are playing so well. And Rafael is doing well. He cleared Samba’s header and then runs up the pitch to send a beauty of a pass to RVP. What a game the kid is having. cesar made a good save to deny van persie.

    Nani made a great tackle in the 32nd minute. I love his fighting spirit.

    We’re shutting QPR down.

    I would like to see a second goal however.

    I”m so happy for Nani. I hope he can go on a run now.

    RVP substituted. I hope he will be fit for the Madrid game.

    Welbeck with an awful first touch again. soon after coming on.

    • Opti

      23 February 2013 at 15:50

      @The_Philosopher: It seems like our tactic is a Frankenstein 442/433 with our players confused on whether we go wide or center… crosses come in without strikers in box and strikers run center but not passed to from midfield.

      Hopefully we sharpen up in next half.

  13. The_Philosopher

    23 February 2013 at 16:23

    We’re not killing QPR off.

    This could get dangerous. . . Remy smashing in shots

    Samba hanging in the air connecting headers

  14. Moscow

    23 February 2013 at 16:52

    If City lose tomorrow it is all over.

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