Manchester United great Paul Scholes on Queens Park Rangers’ away form

Paul Scholes

Former Manchester United star Paul Scholes explains why Queens Park Rangers have struggled away from home in the Premier League this season.

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has suggested in The Independent that Queens Park Rangers should have played more defensively away from home.

London outfit Rangers are struggling for survival in the Premier League and are one of the top candidates to suffer relegation to the Championship at the end of the season

QPR are currently second from bottom in the league table with 19 points from 23 matches, two points above Leicester City in 20th and level on points with 18th-placed Hull City.

Rangers are also looking for a manager at the moment, with Harry Redknapp having resigned from his position on Tuesday due to health issues.

Scholes, a former United and England international midfielder, has given his take on the current situation at Rangers, and has wondered why Redknapp could not sort out the team’s away form.

“QPR’s obvious problem this season has been their away form of played 11, lost 11,” the 40-year-old wrote in The Independent. “At United we never used to change our style much away from home. The aim was always to score goals and dominate the match.

“Obviously, when a team is further down the table that is not always possible. In QPR’s situation I just don’t know why they haven’t tried harder to shut up shop and keep a clean sheet. Perhaps the players just don’t know how to do it.”

Scholes’s suggestion is indeed quite logical, but perhaps it is a bit too simplistic. While it is easy to suggest that QPR should have defensively, it is not always possible to so.

Playing defensively and lining up 10 men at the back do not always work. If the home team press on and maintain their compose, then they will get chances.

But perhaps Scholes is right in suggesting that the QPR players do not know how to play defensively. If so, then why didn’t Redknapp try to sort that out?

Maybe he tried and failed.

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