United could end Hughes’ QPR reign
Hughes has come under fire for the R’s dreadful start to the season which sees them sitting at the bottom of the log after claiming just four points from the first 12 matches.
Many pundits thought he was set to be sacked after QPR lost at home to fellow relegation battlers Southampton last weekend, but he was handed a stay of execution.
However, a defeat at Old Trafford, particularly if it is a heavy one, could be enough to see the Welshman shown the door from the London club.
The Red Devils come into the game looking to bounce back from successive defeats. They lost the lead of the Premier League last weekend when they stumbled to a 1-0 loss away to Norwich City.
Then in midweek, a makeshift side featuring several youngsters and non-regulars was beaten 1-0 away to Galatasaray in the UEFA Champions League.
As United had already secured progression in the European competition prior to the match, the loss in Turkey was of no great consequence, but manager Sir Alex Ferguson will still want to see his team return to winning ways.
The likes of Robin van Persie, Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney and David De Gea could well return to the line-up, while Ferguson will also be delighted that his defensive options have been boosted by the availability of Phil Jones.
The versatile youngster returned from a knee injury to make his first appearance of the season in the loss at Galatasaray and came unscathed through 90 minutes.