New-look United should ease to first win under van Gaal.
Manchester United are set to unleash a raft of new signings against QPR at Old Trafford this weekend and there will likely be many neutrals (or Liverpool/City fans!) backing Harry Redknapp’s team (10/1) to pull off a shock and deny Louis van Gaal’s side a first victory of the campaign.
The Dutchman has so far overseen draws with Sunderland and Burnley and defeats by Swansea and the MK Dons and the Old Trafford faithful are unlikely to tolerate another mo-show – there has already been some unrest over the sale of Danny Welbeck with some United fans, and ex-players, believing van Gaal is sacrificing the club’s long-held policy of developing young players alongside established stars.
British-record singing Angel di Maria, Daley Blind, Radamel Falcao, Ander Herrera, Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo could all be in line to start against Rangers, the latter finally having his work permit granted. But Phil Jones is a doubt having limped out of England’s win in Basel on Monday with a hamstring injury.
It’s going to take the new-look United time to gel considering the massive turnover of staff over the summer. A title challenge this season looks most unlikely but they probably owe their fans a win after a traumatic start, though they are only 1/4 to take all three points.
If the Red Devils’ ponderous start was a little unexpected, few would have been surprised by the fact that newly-promoted Rangers lost their opening two games. But the Londoners got off the mark against Sunderland just before the international break thanks to last season’s top scorer Charlie Austin.
Oldboy Rio Ferdinand is sure of a warm welcome back at Old Trafford for the first time since leaving in the summer – former City favourite Joey Barton less so.
This could be a very important season for QPR as they won’t want to get relegated again for the second time in three seasons – a Football League judgement for failing to comply with financial fair play rules hangs over the club with an accompanying multi-million pound fine. Should Rangers refuse to comply, they risk being banned from playing in any Football League competition.
United’s new signings can inspire them to a comfortable victory and they are 3/4 to overcome a one goal deficit on the handicap.
Our United v QPR match odds are available at https://www.betbright.com/football/matches/england/premier-league/manchester-united-v-qpr/2014-09-14
The match kicks off at 4.00pm on Sunday, September 14th at Old Trafford.