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22/02/2013 11:29, Report by M Froggatt, M Singh
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Preview: QPR v United

Fletcher – starting his first league match in a year – and Chicharito, outweighing Jamie Mackie’s shock opener. Afterwards, Sir Alex said: “We only played for 10 minutes and those 10 minutes were brilliant. The crowd got up and I thought Anderson changed the game for us.”

Did you know? United and QPR have contested 50 matches in all competitions, of which the Reds have won 31 and lost six. The first meeting was the 1908 FA Charity Shield, ending in a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge with the Reds sealing a 4-0 triumph in the replay, held four months later.

Opposition boss: Harry Redknapp took over the managerial reigns from ex-Red Mark Hughes last November, tasked with steering the Hoops clear of the relegation zone. Although his side are still rooted firmly to the foot of the table, they have earned a credible 16 points from a possible 36. To boost his chances, the former Tottenham boss signed Christopher Samba, Loic Remy, Tal Ben Haim, Jermaine Jenas and Yun Suk-Young in the January transfer window, whilst offloading no less than seven players.

Star man: Defensive strength has underpinned QPR’s recent form, having kept four clean sheets in six matches, but the R’s have crucially struggled to score goals. The recent return of Bobby Zamora could change that, after the England international netted on his comeback from injury against Swansea - prompting new signing Samba to urge his teammates to follow the striker's lead: “Bobby showed us what the Premier League is about when he came on. I think more of the players should have his attitude.”

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