This is either the best or the worst time for Queens Park Rangers to face Manchester United. With a number of new faces in Louis van Gaal’s squad, it is likely to take time for the players to bed in and form an effective side.
However, the likes of Radamel Falcao and Angel Di Maria could see their first home game as the ideal time to show their new fans what to expect for the rest of the campaign.
Harry Redknapp’s side will know they are in for a tough match, but they will have seen United’s performance against Swansea City on the opening day and will surely try to frustrate the hosts in the hope of picking them off as so many clubs did last season.
United are likely to give debuts to up to four new players on Sunday, with Falcao, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw and Daley Blind all in line for their first start.
QPR have new faces of their own with deadline day signings Sandro and Nico Kranjcar both set to play some part, although the latter is more likely to be introduced from the bench.
United injury concerns: Van Gaal has slight injury concerns regarding Shaw, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling; although all three are expected to shake of knocks to feature at the weekend.
United absences: The hosts are without the injured trio of Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick and Jesse Lingard.
QPR injury concerns: Redknapp has no new injury concerns heading into Sunday’s match.
QPR absences: Alejandro Faurlin is side-lined with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.
Predicted starting line-ups:
United – De Gea, Valencia, Jones, Evans, Rojo, Shaw, Herrera, Blind, Di Maria, Rooney, Falcao
QPR – Green, Isla, Caulker, Ferdinand, Hill, Mutch, Sandro, Barton, Phillips, Hoilett, Austin