4 starts, 3 goals, 2 assists: Wayne Rooney key for Manchester United in weekend clash

Ahead of Manchester United's Premier League clash with Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road, we bring you all the best Opta stats.

Manchester United will look to return to winning ways against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday, following a 1-0 defeat to Southampton at Old Trafford last Sunday. 

The Red Devils claimed a 4-0 victory in the reverse fixture earlier this season, and will subsequently head into the weekend as favourites. However, as we all know, nothing is a certainty in the Premier League. 

Here are the top five statistics ahead of Saturday's encounter:

1 - Ahead of their weekend visit to Loftus Road, Manchester United have lost just one of their last 19 Premier League visits to London (W11 D7 L1). Meanwhile, the Red Devils are unbeaten in their last nine matches in all competitions against Queens Park Rangers when playing away from home (W6 D3).

 Home Form 2014/15 Matches PlayedWonDrawnLostPoints
QPR 11 5 4 2 19

2 - QPR have won just five of their 11 league matches at Loftus Road this season, scoring 18 goals and conceding 13 along the way. Manchester United's away form has been even less impressive, with just two wins and six draws in 10 fixtures. This run of results has seen Louis van Gaal's side score on 12 occasions, while conceding 13.

 Away Form 2014/15 Matches PlayedWonDrawnLostPoints
Man Utd 10 2 6 2 12

3 - Wayne Rooney's contribution could prove vital as the Red Devils look for victory against Harry Redknapp's side. The Manchester United skipper has scored in three of his four Premier League starts against the London outfit, while assisting two more goals. The England international received his club's 'Player of the Month' award for December. 

 Man Utd Leading Scorer TeamAppearancesGoalsGoal Assist% of Side's goals
Wayne Rooney Man Utd 17 8 4 24

4 - Charlie Austin has scored eight goals in his last seven Premier League games at Loftus Road, while he occupies third place in the English top flight scoring charts, with 13 strikes in only 19 appearances. The former Poole Town striker has scored a greater proportion of his side’s goals (57%) than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues this season.

 QPR Leading Scorer TeamAppearancesGoalsGoal Assist% of Side's goals
Charlie Austin QPR 19 13 2 57

5 - Louis van Gaal has collected the same number of points through 21 Premier League fixtures as David Moyes did last season. The Dutchman needs a victory against Queens Park Rangers to avoid slipping behind his predecessor's record - Moyes had 40 points after 22 matches.

 Premier League Table Matches PlayedWonDrawnLostPoints
Man Utd 21 10 7 4 37
QPR 21 5 4 12 19

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