Defeat was always a likely outcome although Rangers performed well for the first hour of the match and took the lead before Manchester United stormed back to win 3-1. QPR now travel north to Sunderland and Redknapp will have been encouraged to see the Black Cats concede four times on Saturday.
Meanwhile, there is another relegation six-pointer at Villa Park where Reading hope to bounce back from that dramatic 3-2 defeat at Wigan against an Aston Villa side who kept things watertight against Arsenal.
Sunderland v QPR 19.45
It was supposed to be the season where Martin O’Neill continues to transform Sunderland’s fortunes although the Wearside team look set to scrap it out against relegation this campaign after amassing just twelve points from their first dozen games.
Early season optimism has given way to frustration and Saturday’s 4-2 home defeat against West Brom saw their opponents move to third in the table while the Black Cats are just hovering above the drop zone.
O’Neill would have preferred his team to have been playing this fixture a fortnight earlier before QPR took drastic action and relieved Mark Hughes of managerial duties although it will now be Harry Redknapp picking the team for the match at the Stadium of Light.
The bookies still make Sunderland favourites at 5/4 (bet365 £200 free bets) although they have managed to win just one of their five games at the Stadium of Light and they have also scored just five goals.
In the team’s favour is the fact that Stephane Sessegnon has found the net in the past two games and the Benin international is finally starting to hit form a few months into the season. Paddy Power offer 7/1 that he breaks the deadlock against a team determined to impress their new manager.
Can Redknapp enjoy a winning start to life back in the Premier League following Tottenham’s decision to replace him with Andre Villas-Boas? It’s not beyond the realms of possibility and Betfred offer 5/2 that the away win happens.
Aston Villa v Reading 20.00
The Villans are now in 18th place after Saturday’s goalless draw with Arsenal and Paul Lambert’s team are now in a relegation dogfight if they didn’t know that when the season began!
Villa have been struggling for goals all season and ten goals from thirteen matches is simply not a good enough return to stay in the Premier League, although this is a fantastic chance to climb out of the relegation zone against a Reading side who have drawn two and lost four of their six away games.
Lambert will have been encouraged by that performance against Arsenal, especially from a defensive point-of-view having previously shipped five goals at the Etihad Stadium and the Villans are an even money chance (Paddy Power free bets) to beat the Royals and land a much-needed three points.
Andreas Weimann bagged twice against Manchester United a fortnight ago and had a goal disallowed for offside against the Gunners, with Paddy Power offering 15/2 about the forward scoring first, while the dangerous Christian Benteke is a 6/1 chance (bet365).
Reading are second-from-bottom after failing to follow up a 2-1 win over Everton with anything in Saturday’s clash at Wigan where Brian McDermott saw his team take an early lead only to lose 3-2.
The manager was critical of his team’s failure to see the game out with the scoreline at 2-2 and he would probably take a point from this away match, with the draw priced at 23/10 (Ladbrokes) and the away win on offer at 3/1 (BetVictor bookmaker).