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Manchester United v Queens Park Rangers: Match Preview

Ferguson and Hughes go head-to-head again. (©GettyImages)
Ferguson and Hughes go head-to-head again. (©GettyImages).

Manchester United v Queens Park Rangers
Old Trafford
Premier League
Sunday, April 8; 13:30

Team News

Sir Alex Ferguson will recall Nani to Manchester United’s starting XI at the start of three games in a week for the Premier League leaders.

Midfielder Anderson and striker Michael Owen, both of whom are long-term absentees, are still unavailable.

Strike-pair Heidar Helguson and DJ Campbell could both return after long spells on the sidelines, after both featuring in the friendly with West ham United in mid-week.
 

Ferguson feels title is close


Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes this Sunday could prove pivotal in the Premier League title race.

After United host QPR, rivals Manchester City travel to Arsenal on a potentially decisive day in the title race.

And Ferguson believes time is running out for City, if United can beat Rangers.

“Arsenal is a difficult place to go to,' said Ferguson. “I think if we can win on Sunday what it means to us is that we are still five points clear if City win, and we’re one game less.

“Right now all you have to do is cut away the games. No one gets through a season without dropping points. It’s when you drop them. In the run-in, it’s about not dropping as many as your immediate opponents, which we haven’t done.”

Mark Hughes meanwhile is looking to defy the statistics, which has seen form Ferguson players win just five games against their former boss.

Rangers have beaten both Liverpool and Arsenal at Loftus Road, but on the road just three away wins all season has contributed to their toils at the wrong end of the table.

And Hughes is aiming for another surprise result.

"I think from start to finish it was a good, solid performance and we had a good understanding of what we had to do to go and get a result against them,” Hughes said on the Arsenal win.

"The lads went out and performed to the letter so really, from my point of view, we have to keep on replicating that and the application that we showed.

"The determination to see the game through to its conclusion was there for everybody to see so if we show that in the games we have remaining we will pick up more points, which is obviously the order of the day."

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