Trips to Loftus Road used to be commonplace – and United have a formidable record there under Sir Alex, losing just once in 11 games against the Hoops – but the Reds haven’t played the West London outfit since March 1996. QPR’s return to the top flight has triggered plenty of memories for the United manager, however, who told Inside United he’s relishing this weekend’s visit.
“It was always a great atmosphere at Loftus Road,” he said. “I remember we used to get a big allocation. We’d get the entire end behind one goal and then some more space around the side.
“The United fans, as you can imagine, loved that and would generate terrific noise. Loftus Road is one of those places where the fans feel as though they’re right on top of the pitch. We had some great nights there.”
Travelling Reds will be housed only in the School End this Sunday, but will number almost 3000 and provide vocal support for a United side intent on picking up three points. And although Sir Alex’s men beat Wolves 4-1 last weekend, it’s likely the manager will shuffle his pack again for this weekend’s trip to London.
“December is a particularly busy month when we often play eight or nine games,” he said. “We’ve got a Boxing Day Game, a New Year’s Eve game... it’s going to be a hectic spell and that’s when the squad really kicks in.”