As our final away game of the season beckons, United still find themselves in a perilous position sitting in 17th place; with Hull’s failure to take points from their home game against Burnley last week meaning that they realistically have to beat either Spurs or Man United to have any chance of scraping above us to save themselves. Having said all of that we should really put ourselves out of sight by beating this QPR side who last week confirmed their relegation by effectively downing tools in Manchester last week, those set of players are beyond unprofessional and are symptomatic of modern football; chances are they will have their summer transfers on their mind for this one and won’t be particularly interested in a result for prides sake.
Last weeks performance certainly wasn’t to the level we’d expect as a football club but in the context of the past few months it marked a significant improvement, with the players showing far more hunger and desire even if quality was still lacking. One thing that was striking was the sheer difference in physical presence between the two sides and was something John Carver alluded to after the game, we have to look to improve this area in the summer especially when you look at how much we suffer from this at set pieces both defensive and offensive. Many of you may disagree but I’d persevere with Riviere in this one, I didn’t think he played too badly last week and we struggled to maintain possession in the final third when Cisse replaced him; Papiss looked hopelessly short fitness wise and surely can only be considered in the closing stages if we’re desperate for a goal.
De Jong is still injured and it looks as though Dummett will continue at centre half alongside Coloccini with Janmaat returning to the right back spot. Anita filled in there and was probably the best player on the pitch last week and ought to be moved back into the centre of midfield to replace Ryan Taylor who was arguably the worst.
Special mention goes out to the lads cycling from St James’ Park to Loftus Road in time for this match having set out from outside the Strawberry last Sunday, they are raising in aid of Cancer Research UK, Macmillan and Mind. Any donations would be appreciated on their JustGiving page.