Mark Lawrenson predicts Queens Park Rangers vs Manchester United

Inside Loftus Road

The former Liverpool defender looks ahead to the Premier League encounter on Saturday.

Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson has told the BBC that he expects Manchester United to bounce back from last week’s defeat to Southampton with a close 2-1 victory over Queens Park Rangers.

The Red Devils had a solid December and ensuing festive period, extending their unbeaten league run to ten games and beating rivals Liverpool 3-0 at Old Trafford.

A number of draws and eventual defeat to Southampton, however, has stopped United’s progress and their previously comfortable position in the top four now looks under threat.

Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are both within striking distance of Louis van Gaal’s side, adding extra pressure on what looks a tricky trip to Loftus Road.

The R’s may currently lie in the bottom three, but in West London they have a formidable record with five wins, four draws and just two defeats from 11 encounters.

United know they face a stiff test in a cramped atmosphere, but Lawro is backing them to pull through and claim a much-needed three points.

“Manchester United were very ordinary in their defeat by Southampton on Sunday. Saints were strong defensively and very well organised but United lacked drive on the day and just seemed flat,” he explained.

“United had everyone back from injury, apart from Ashley Young, but I was watching and thinking they were better when they had six players out.”

QPR are at home, so at least they have a chance of a good result, and they will fancy their chances of scoring against United.”

“But I think Louis van Gaal's side will be better than they were last week, and I also think they will pick QPR off at the back.”

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