That’s Cup football over and we know approach the last nineteen games of the season with a job to do. All the words spoken, written and tweeted have all really been about one goal; promotion back to the Premier League at the first attempt. Two home games in four days is a fantastic chance to well and truly set the ball rolling on the final push as we enter a period month where we play five of the next seven fixtures away from home after this week.
QPR come to us in mid table under the marmite like Ian Holloway. He spoke very highly of United and Benitez during his stint as a pundit this season and gave a couple of fantastic interviews to our manager before he was called upon to replace the sacked Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink in December. A win against Norwich was followed by six defeats on the spin and rumours of another managerial change. Since then wins against Wolves, Reading and Ipswich seemingly got things back on track before losing at home in the cup to Blackburn and then even worse losing at home to Burton Albion on Saturday.
They’re as average as they come in this league but like any time in this league they’re capable of a result on their day. Ask Reading fans. Their away form is reasonable with wins at Cardiff, Wigan. Fulham, Wolves and most recently Reading. Of course United put them to sword six nil this season at their place. More of the same will be wonderful, live on Sky.
As for United well there’ll obviously be changes from Oxford but not many from Rotherham. I expect Mo Diame to be back on the bench as he returns from Africa having hardly kicked a ball. The toss up will be between Colback and Hayden to partner Shelvey. That Hayden played the ’90 on Saturday suggests Jack could be in with a shout of a start. Daryl Murphy returns and we could really do with him continuing his goal a game form.
I really want to see something from Perez. Nice crosses and the odd goal is nowhere near a good enough return for a player of his immense talent.
The crowd will be around the 46-48k Mark by the look of things online, before a sell out on Saturday. The elephant in the room (and the match preview so far) surrounds whether Andros Townsend will be a United player by the time we kick off on Wednesday.
There may be trouble ahead if he’s not.
3-0 United – Murphy ‘7, Goufrann ’35, Townend ’89
Alex Hurst – Follow Alex on @tfalex1892
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