read a Rangers statement. Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwiecki will take charge of Saturday’s game.
Last meeting: QPR were up against it at OT in April after Shaun Derry was controversially sent off early on for bringing down Ashley Young in the box. Wayne Rooney converted the resultant penalty and United laid siege to Rangers’ goal thereafter, but only made the game safe 20 minutes from time through Scholes’ long-ranger.
Did you know? United faced QPR in Sir Alex Ferguson’s first home game in charge, on 22 November 1986, winning 1-0 through John Sivebaek’s goal.
Star man: QPR have spent big over the last couple of seasons on numerous proven top-flight players, which makes their current plight all the more puzzling. Ex-Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse remains capable of upsetting any team with his pace and directness, while talented youngster David Hoilett has impressed since moving from Blackburn.
Quote/unquote: "It’s probably a lesson to everyone that changing a team and bringing 11 new players in to the league is not easy. But I am surprised they’ve only got four points.” – Sir Alex Ferguson
Whistle blower: Gloucestershire official Lee Probert takes charge of his first United game of the season, though he presided over the Rs’ 5-0 home defeat to Swansea on the opening day. His last Reds game was the 2-0 home win over West Brom in March.
Rivals watch: Arsenal visit Aston Villa in Saturday’s evening kick-off, but the biggest game of the weekend is