Quote/unquote: “With Harry’s experience and his ability to judge players, he will have a better chance that most in that situation. We're going down there to win, though. That's what our job is. There is an absolutely brilliant spirit in the place at the moment and a good determination about us. We have to treat these games as we would Real Madrid or anyone else. It has to be won. We want to win.” Sir Alex.
Sub-plots: Ji-Sung Park could face United for the first time since moving to Loftus Road in the summer. The South Korean was a firm fans’ favourite at Old Trafford and should be well received by the Red Army, should he feature on Saturday.
Whistle-blower: Manchester-based official Anthony Taylor will referee Saturday’s match in West London. This season, he has distributed 64 yellow cards and six red in 26 matches.
Rivals watch: Arsenal host Aston Villa on Saturday before Manchester City take on Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.