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QPR boss: Chelsea win proves we can beat Manchester United

Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp

Friday, February 22, 2013
7:30 AM

QPR manager Harry Redknapp believes his side have a chance of beating Manchester United when they face the Premier League leaders on Saturday.

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Rangers go into the game seven points adrift of safety and on the back of a 4-1 defeat to Swansea.

All signs point to a comfortable win for the Red Devils, but the Rs have produced some shock results this season.

They are yet to concede a Premier League goal at Loftus Road in 2013, playing out 0-0 draws against Norwich as well as high-flying Tottenham and Manchester City.

QPR also picked up a surprise win away at Chelsea on January 2 and Redknapp is hoping to harness that spirit going into the game with United.

“Every game is the same,” Redknapp said. “You can’t predict results.

“We’re playing Chelsea away on the back of being smashed to pieces by Liverpool.

“What’s the score going to be [for that game]? You’d have gone 3-0, 4-0 [to Chelsea] probably.

“We ended up winning 1-0 and I was as surprised as you were so let’s be honest it was a major shock.

“We came back home against Tottenham. They were beating everybody away from home and had scored in every away game.

“They didn’t score against us – we drew 0-0.

“[We then had] Man City at home. [They are the] Champions [and we picked up] another great point.

“West Ham away [was a] tough place to go – we go there, get a point and we were winning until late in the game.

“You can’t predict results. It’s impossible. Who knows what can happen?

“Can we beat Man United next week? You don’t know do you?”

Were QPR to beat the Champions-elect, who have a 12-point lead at the summit of the Premier League, it would be flying in the face of history.

Redknapp has had rare victories against Manchester United in the league, winning twice, drawing eight times and losing on 22 occasions.

His main successes against the Red Devils have come in the FA Cup, knocking United out with Portsmouth, West Ham and Bournemouth making his overall record stand at five wins, nine draws and 31 defeats, with two of those losses coming after a penalty shoot-out.

Redknapp has also been a scourge of Sir Alex Ferguson as the Hammers held Manchester United to a 2-2 draw in 1995, a result that handed the Premier League title to Blackburn.

The R’s boss last tasted victory over United in a league game in 2007 with Portsmouth, before winning a year later at Old Trafford in the FA Cup.

QPR last tasted success over the Red Devils on New Year’s Day 1992, winning 4-1 at Old Trafford with Dennis Bailey bagging a memorable hat-trick.

Their last triumph at Loftus Road came in 1989 where they beat Ferguson’s men by three goals to two.

Rangers will need to hope that they can overcome history as defeat will leave them facing a mountain to climb in the league.

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