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QPR 4-2 Manchester United: Moses Odubajo's stunner and Lyndon Dykes' double see Championship side beat the Red Devils as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's fringe players are brushed aside at Loftus Road

Daily Mail
Daily Mail
 2021-07-24

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer arrived at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium after an upbeat 24 hours - but the Manchester United boss had little to celebrate as his makeshift side slumped to an embarrassing friendly defeat.

On Friday, Solskjaer finally completed the £73million capture of long-term target Jadon Sancho before Saturday morning's announcement that the manager had handed a new deal that could keep him at Old Trafford until 2025.

The contract stalemate that has placed a huge question mark against Paul Pogba's United future means it has certainly not all been positive news for Solskjaer this week - and the Norwegian was handed another headache by Championship side QPR.

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Manchester United's pre-season preparations took a blow after they were hammered by QPR
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The Championship side hit three goals in seven minutes to rock United in West London
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The second-tier side's high pressing game and swift attacking moves unlocked United
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Moses Odubajo scored the best goal of the game after scoring a stunner from range
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Queens Park Rangers fans were sent into jubilation after pummeling United on Saturday
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United's youngsters battled on with teenager Anthony Elanga scoring a consolation goal

Sancho stayed at home and with the majority of Solskjaer's leading players, including Pogba, still to report back for pre-season, Nemanja Matic, Mason Greenwood, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Jesse Lingard and Dan James were the senior names in the starting line-up.

Lingard provided a reminder of why Solskjaer is keen to see the midfielder stay at the club when he slotted home a third-minute opener, finishing calmly after being set up by a combination of Greenwood and Facundo Pellistri.

But Charlie Austin headed Rangers level seven minutes later and the home side surged ahead after the break after Solskjaer rang the changes and brought on the kids.

Lyndon Dykes fired Mark Warburton's side ahead in the 52nd minute and right wing-back Moses Odubajo struck from long range six minutes later.

Dykes then added his second on the hour after cutting inside and drilling a low shot past Lee Grant before Anthony Elanga - who missed a glorious chance after appearing at the break - reduced the deficit when he curled a left foot shot inside the far post in the 73rd minute.

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It was a chastening day for a United side containing a mix of young and experienced stars
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Jesse Lingard scored the opening goal of the game with a coolly taken strike past the keeper
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The United star displays his customary celebration after putting the Red Devils ahead
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QPR levelled the scores immediately with veteran striker Charlie Austin heading home
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The former West Brom striker wheels away in celebration after scoring the equaliser for QPR

Re-live Sportsmail's live coverage of QPR 4-2 Manchester United, brought to you by OLLIE LEWIS.

16:20

62 mins: Loads of changes from both coaches now, as is the case in these pre-season friendlies. Will provide the full details when I get them!

Hannibal, Levitt, Shoretire & Galbraith replace Greenwood, Pereira, Lingard & Wan-Bissaka.

For QPR, Adomah, Kelman, Thomas, Masterson, Kakay and McCallum are all on for Willock, Odubajo, Barbet, Dickie, Wallace and Chair.

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Van de Beek's chance of redemption?

Donny van de Beek is not in the squad for the game today, as the Dutchman steps up his recovery from a groin injury obtained before the Euros.

It was a debut season to forget for the 24-year-old, but there are signs that his second campaign may be more fruitful at Old Trafford.

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The Dutchman's £40million arrival from Ajax last summer left Manchester United fans salivating over the prospect of Van de Beek linking up with talisman Bruno Fernandes.

Red Devils reward Solskjaer with a new contract

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was brought into steady the ship after Jose Mourinho's departure and, two and a half years later, he is viewed as the man to restore the club to its glory years.

The Norwegian was today rewarded with a new contract, keeping him at Old Trafford until at least 2024.

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Solskjaer's contract was due to expire at the end of the season after he was made permanent manager in March 2019. United have improved year-on-year under the helm of their former player.

United FINALLY land their man

If you didn't know that Jadon Sancho is finally a Manchester United player, where have you been?

The 21-year-old completed his £73million switch to Old Trafford on Friday afternoon, with the club finally landing their man after over a year of negotiations.

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The 21-year-old forward completed a medical at United's Carrington training base on Tuesday and the final negotiations of his transfer from Germany have now been completed.

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