|Manchester United could apply yet more pressure to rivals City with a win over QPR on Sunday - with the second placed side playing later in the day, the champions could stretch their lead (at least temporarily) to eight points. Although QPR beat Arsenal last weekend, few would argue that United have the tougher of the two fixtures, and Alex Ferguson will want to take advantage of that and avoid the Manchester derby becoming too crucial.
QPR need the points just as badly, but they're trying to avoid The Championship rather than win one. Goal difference alone keeps them outside the relegation zone, and with games against another three of the top five still yet to come, they'll probably need to cause some sort of upset along the way in order to retain their Premier League status. With no clean sheet away from home in twelve games, Mark Hughes' side may well be relying on their strikers - Helguson and Campbell are close to returns which is a boost, but January signings Cisse and Zamora will be fighting for those places.
For United, Nani could return while Anderson is getting closer to full fitness. Michael Owen has been making his case for a return to the side if required in the press this week, he's now close to appearing again after a thigh injury. Manchester United - Queens Park Rangers
Premier League: 32. Round
Date: 08. April 2012 - 13:30 GMT
Old Trafford (Manchester)
Referee: Lee Mason
Keeper: De Gea
Defenders: Evra, Ferdinand, Vidic, Fabio
Midfielders: Lingard, Park, Carrick, Nani
Forwarders: Rooney, Hernandez
Manager: sir Alex Fergusson
Booked: Queens Park Rangers:
Defenders: Hill, Taiwo, Onuoha, Ferdinand
Midfielders: Diakite, Derry, Taarabt, Mackie
Forwarders: Barton, Zamora
Manager: Mark Hughes
Referee: Lee Mason
Yellow cards: 54
Red cards: 0
Conditions: Cloudy, 12 °C
Last Meeting: 18. December 2011 Queens Park Rangers - Manchester United 0-2
Wins Manchester United : 29
Wins Queens Park Rangers: 13
|Actual performance (W - Win, D - Draw, L - Lose)
- W/L/W/W/W Queens Park Rangers
Manchester United could apply yet more pressure to rivals City with a win over QPR on Sunday - with the second placed side playing later in the day, the champions could stretch their lead (at least temporarily) to eight points.
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