Manchester United vs. QPR: Reds Will Pick Up Clean Sheet Against Hoops

Rick WeinerFeatured ColumnistNovember 24, 2012

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 08:   Samba Diakite of Queens Park Rangers holds off Wayne Rooney of Manchester United during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Queens Park Rangers at Old Trafford on April 8, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Manchester United has been involved with four Premier League matches that saw clean sheets, delivering two against Wigan Athletic (4-0) and Newcastle United (3-0) while being on the receiving end twice, falling 1-0 to Everton in their Premier League opener and last week against Norwich, a match that also ended 1-0.

But Saturday at Old Tottenham, the Reds, who sit second in the table with 27 points, just one behind Manchester City, take on the inept Queens Park Rangers, last in the table with four points and with only nine goals to their credit thus far in Premier League action.

QPR is a team in flux, with the Hoops replacing manager Mark Hughes with Harry Redknapp on Friday (h/t Daily Mail). They'll not only have a new manager, but defenseman Stephane M'Bia, who missed each of their previous three matches due to his red-card suspension, also makes his return to the pitch.

However, neither the leadership change or M'Bia's return will be enough for the Hoops to stay with the Reds in this one and pick up their first Premier League victory on Saturday—a Reds squad getting their Wayne Rooney back from a bout of tonsillitis.

Manchester United has won 10 of their past 13 matches against QPR, drawing in the other three.

QPR has taken only three of the last 57 Premier League points available to them when on the road, drawing three matches and losing 16.

While the Reds have failed to find the back of the net in each of their last two matches—against Norwich City last week and against Galatasaray earlier this week—a meeting with QPR is exactly what the doctor ordered to cure what ails them.

Robin van Persie and company will find the back of the net multiple times, the Reds defense will be able to thwart the few scoring chances that QPR is able to muster, and the Reds will coast to a rather easy 5-0 victory at home.