Flaw show for Harry as QPR throw away lead against United at Old Trafford
23:18 GMT, 25 November 2012
After sitting in the directors’ box at Old Trafford for 80 minutes, Harry Redknapp can probably sum up the Queens Park Rangers squad he has inherited from Mark Hughes. Decent players. Deep flaws.
A goal up and less than half an hour left, the Barclays Premier League’s bottom team sensed increasing desperation in their opponents. There was a restless home crowd, too.
Three goals in 10 minutes undid them, though, and once again QPR were left to lament basic mistakes. Errors in concentration, errors in application and errors in decision making.
Work to be done: QPR manager Harry Redknapp takes his first training session
Forward Jamie Mackie summed it up, saying: ‘When you look at Man United you see the greatest club in the world and their basics are spot on.
‘That’s what it takes to win these games and, if we can take anything from this great club, it’s that. We were leading and failed to do the basics at two set pieces. That’s unacceptable. We need to eradicate the soft goals because they are killing us.
‘Its a real shame. We have to take responsibility. The previous manager brought a lot of these players in and there were some good players here already. It’s no good pointing the finger at anybody else.’
Down and out: QPR took the lead at Old Trafford but conceded three
Having scored his team’s goal, Mackie was also one of QPR’s better players. During Hughes’s time, though, the players did not apply themselves. On Saturday they did for long periods for caretaker boss Mark Bowen.
Bowen refused to criticise the club’s owners and offered his services to Redknapp if required. Deep down, though, he knows he will lose his job today. ‘It hurts but we will be back and Mark will definitely be back,’ he said.
As for United, this was the ninth time in 13 league games that they have had to come from behind.
Headers from Jonny Evans and Darren Fletcher put them in command and substitute Javier Hernandez stroked in the third.
Signed, sealed, delivered: Javier Hernandez fires in United's third
It’s a habit Sir Alex Ferguson’s team cannot allow to continue. Wayne Rooney said: ‘It’s happening too many times. We need to take control of games.’
Redknapp, meanwhile, has opened the door for David Beckham, calling the 37-year-old a ‘fantastic’ footballer who could ‘still play in the Premier League’.
He added: ‘David could still be a great asset. Just having him round the place, showing people how to train and look after yourself. His professionalism is second to none.’