Louis van Gaal saw Manchester United take a 2-0 victory away from Loftus Road on Saturday, but admits they made life difficult for themselves.
Van Gaal concedes that Harry Redknapp’s men forced the Red Devils to adopt an approach which delivered little reward in the capital.
He has suggested that United were too direct for long periods.
The Dutchman is quoted as saying in the Manchester Evening News: “The main thing is we have played in the first half like Queens Park Rangers wanted. We did the same thing as Queens Park Rangers - play through the air. Long balls and then QPR are better at that.
"You have to play along the floor, the ground, and in spite the ground is not so good here you have to do it and in the second-half we changed the shape also and that helped us.”
The Opta statistics below back up Van Gaal’s claims, with United posting season-high numbers in the route one department.
|Match||Total Long Balls||Accurate Long Balls|
|Man Utd||QPR vs Man Utd||106||55|
|Man Utd||Burnley vs Man Utd||104||57|
|Man Utd||Tottenham vs Man Utd||102||44|
|QPR||QPR vs Man Utd||88||40|
For a third time this season, the Red Devils hit triple figures in terms of long balls played.
It has been an option favoured by Van Gaal on a regular basis in 2014/15, and an approach which has helped them to turn the corner.
He will point to the fact that it has delivered positive results, but he is right to expect his side to play plenty of football as well - even when faced with an opponent determined to contain and frustrate ball-playing talent.