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23/11/2012 11:27, Report by James Tuck
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Preview: United v QPR

Date, time and coverage

: Saturday 24 November, 15:00 GMT. There's no live TV coverage in the UK but you can follow it via live text and radio on ManUtd.com.

Form guide: Manchester United have slipped to second in the Barclays Premier League table, a point behind leaders Manchester City, after a disappointing 1-0 reverse at Norwich City last weekend. That ended a run of five straight wins and was followed by a defeat by the same scoreline for a much-changed side in the Champions League at Galatasaray on Tuesday. Winless QPR are holding up the rest of the league, having picked up just four points all season, though some observers believe they have not achieved the results their performances have merited so far.

Betting: Both games between these sides last season finished 2-0 to United and you can get 23/4 with bwin on that happening again at Old Trafford on Saturday. Paul Scholes scored in this fixture in 2011/12, so how about backing him to be the first scorer at 11/1?

Ins and outs: Wayne Rooney and Chris Smalling will return from illness and injury for the Reds, but Jonny Evans (groin) is doubtful and Nani (hamstring) is out. Stephane Mbia will return for the visitors following a three-match ban, but ex-Red Ji-sung Park and Bobby Zamora are sidelined, while on-loan Fabio is ineligible.

Opposition boss: The pressure on Mark Hughes told on Friday morning when he lost his job after his side’s dismal start to the season. “Mark has shown integrity and professionalism throughout his time here, but ultimately the circumstances we find ourselves in have left the Board of Directors with very little choice but to make a change,”

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