QPR 4-2 Man Utd: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side handed wake-up call ahead of new season

Match report as QPR secured a resounding 4-2 pre-season win over Man Utd; Jesse Lingard opened the scoring before Charlie Austin responded for hosts; QPR scored three goals in eight second half minutes to wrap up win; Anthony Elanga scored a late consolation for United

Saturday 24 July 2021 17:21, UK

Manchester United endured a torrid afternoon in west London as Championship side QPR secured a resounding 4-2 victory to deal a blow to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team’s pre-season preparations.

In what was a lively atmosphere at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium, Jesse Lingard gave Manchester United the lead after just three minutes, but it lasted just four minutes as Charlie Austin’s header brought the hosts level.

On the day Solskjaer was celebrating a new contract at Old Trafford, his afternoon turned sour as QPR ran riot at the start of the second half.

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Mark Warburton’s side scored three goals in eight minutes through substitute Lydon Dykes (53, 59) and Moses Odubajo (58) to leave the home fans in party mood.

Substitute Anthony Elanga pulled a goal back for the visitors, but it only proved to be a consolation as Solskjaer and his team were handed a significant wake-up call ahead of the new Premier League campaign.

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How QPR stunned Man Utd…

In what was a frantic opening to the game, Mason Greenwood’s pass reached Facundo Pellistri and the Uruguayan’s touch took the ball into the path of Lingard. The England international only had Seny Dieng to beat and made no mistake from close range.

The lead did not last long, however, as QPR, backed by their enthusiastic home support, responded four minutes later. Lee Wallace’s inch-perfect cross picked out an unmarked Austin, and the QPR striker made no mistake, heading past Tom Heaton.

QPR, who announced the permanent signing of midfielder Stefan Johansen from Fulham ahead of kick-off, grew from that moment and looked the sharper of the two sides as they dominated much of the rest of the first half.

Brandon Williams had to be alert, turning the ball behind with Austin waiting to pounce at the far post before Heaton comfortably saved Jordy de Wijs’ header.

However, despite QPR’s impressive half, they almost gifted United the lead just before the break. Lingard pounced on a ball and but for Robert Dickie’s perfectly timed challenge, the forward had a clear route to goal.

Both sides made changes at the break and it was Dykes who made an instant impact, turning home Wallace’s cut back to continue QPR’s dominance.

It just kept getting better and better for the hosts as Odubajo cut in from the left before smashing a left-footed strike past Lee Grant and into the top corner of the net.

The scoring spree was rounded off a minute later. Moments after Joe Walsh had denied Elanga, Dykes also cut in off the right before picking out the bottom corner with a left-footed strike.

The Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium was rocking and not even a consolation goal from Elanga could dampen the QPR mood. However, for Manchester United it is back to the drawing board as they continue their build-up to the new Premier League campaign.

Telles looks set to miss start of season

Manchester United defender Alex Telles could miss the start of the season after suffering an ankle injury.

The Brazil left-back sustained the problem during the club’s training camp in Surrey this week and has returned home, missing Saturday’s friendly with QPR.

Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who signed a new contract, said on the club’s official website: “Unfortunately, Alex slipped and he twisted his ankle so he’ll be out for a few weeks.

“We’re hoping that it’s not going to be too bad but he’ll be out for a little while.”

Telles looks set to miss next week’s friendlies against Brentford and Preston, with another warm-up match against Everton on August 7.

United kick-off their Premier League campaign against Leeds seven days later.

What’s next?

Manchester United face Brentford on Wednesday July 28 at Old Trafford; kick-off 8pm.

Meanwhile, QPR’s pre-season continues with a trip to play Cambridge on Tuesday July 27 at the Abbey Stadium; kick-off 7pm.

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