Loftus Road Stadium,   February 23, 2013     KO 3:00 PM UTC


By Tim Poole

Harry Redknapp is still without Jose Bosingwa (back) and Andrew Johnson (knee) but is expected to welcome back a host of previously injured players.

Fabio (hip), Junior Hoilett (hamstring) and Julio Cesar (groin) could all be selected after returning from their respective problems, while striker Loic Remy is also in contention despite a groin problem.

Bobby Zamora could also start, having come off the bench in QPR’s last two matches, while Esteban Granero, Andros Townsend and Jermaine Jenas will present Redknapp with a selection dilemma in midfield.

The visitors, meanwhile, will be without Paul Scholes (knee), Wayne Rooney (illness) and Phil Jones (ankle).

However, Sir Alex Ferguson boasts an otherwise fully fit squad and has the rare luxury of not having a midweek game the following week.

Nani and Chicharito may be in contention for starting roles after their goalscoring exploits against Reading, while Rio Ferdinand could also feature in defence.



  • Bottom-placed QPR are currently 48 points behind league-leaders Manchester United and have not beaten the Red Devils since New Year’s Day in 1992.
  • Since the turn of the year, Harry Redknapp’s side have won once and drawn four times in the Premier League, though they slumped to a 4-1 defeat in their last game at Swansea.
  • Rangers enjoyed just 39% of possession in their loss at the Liberty Stadium and have registered the minority share of possession in their last nine Premier League matches.
  • The Rs have also won just twice in the league this term (against Chelsea and Fulham), though that is already one more than the record for the fewest wins in a season – held by Derby County for their 2007/08 campaign.
  • Manchester United are unbeaten in 14 league matches and 16 games in all competitions. Their last domestic defeat came in mid-November at Norwich City.
  • The Red Devils are comfortably clear at the top of table with a 12 point lead – a gap bigger than at any point last season.
  • United’s three top scorers this term, Robin van Persie, Chicharito (pictured) and Wayne Rooney have scored 51 goals in all competitions between them so far.
  • Sir Alex Ferguson’s side boast a strong record on their travels this season, having amassed nine league wins on the road while suffering just two defeats and two draws.