Stand-in boss QPR Mark Bowen launched a passionate defence of Mark Hughes' managerial reign following his side's 3-1 defeat at Manchester United.

Hughes was sacked on Friday morning and has already been replaced by Harry Redknapp. The new man was present at Old Trafford and will take training for the first time on Sunday, leaving Bowen facing an uncertain future.

However, the Welshman insists Hughes had improved Rangers, even though they remain at the foot of the Barclays Premier League with only four points, and he said: "People ask me what went wrong but when this club stayed up on the last day of last season, clubs like Southampton and Reading had a better squad than us."

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