Preview: Queens Park Rangers vs. Manchester United

Preview: Queens Park Rangers vs. Manchester United

Manchester United will continue their preparations for the start of the 2021-22 campaign with a pre-season clash against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday afternoon.

The Red Devils recorded a 2-1 win over Derby County in their first friendly of the summer, while QPR were last in action against Portsmouth on July 7, recording a 2-1 victory in the behind-closed-doors clash.

QPR started their preparations for next season with a 2-1 win over Portsmouth on July 7, with Marco Ramkilde and Olamide Shodipo on the scoresheet for the Championship outfit.

The R’s were due to take on Gillingham on July 16 in their second pre-season contest, but a coronavirus outbreak in the Gillingham camp meant that the fixture had to be postponed.

As a result, it has been a long time since QPR were last in action, but they will have a busy end to the month, taking on Man United, Cambridge United and Leicester City in quick succession.

Mark Warburton’s side will then open their 2021-22 Championship campaign at home to Millwall on August 7, and there are expected to be more new faces through the door in the coming weeks.

That said, it has already been a busy summer window, with Andre Dozzell, Charlie Austin, Jordan Archer and Sam Field among those to make the move to Loftus Road since the end of last season.

Man United, meanwhile, were in action last weekend, recording a 2-1 victory over Championship outfit Derby courtesy of goals from Tahith Chong and Facundo Pellistri.

The Red Devils will take on QPR and Brentford in their next two friendlies before finishing the month of July with a clash against Preston North End.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will then take on Everton in their final pre-season contest on August 7 before starting their Premier League campaign one week later at home to bitter rivals Leeds United.

The 20-time English champions have already agreed a deal to sign Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, while a move for Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane is believed to be advancing; Solskjaer is also said to be targeting a right-back and a central midfielder before the window closes.

Man United’s squad is still not at full strength due to Euro 2020, injuries and the Copa America, but Scott McTominay and Daniel James have joined up with the squad following their involvement in the European Championship, while Anthony Martial and Donny van de Beek are back training at Carrington.

Queens Park Rangers Pre-Season Friendlies form:
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