Queens Park Rangers star Karl Henry has labeled the side’s 3-2 loss against Liverpool on Sunday afternoon as “ridiculous”, as reported by the Daily Star.
Despite significant optimism from fans and pundits about the performance yesterday, which saw Harry Redknapp’s side run the Reds right to the wire, Henry is not so positive about the display, including his own decision making in the clash.
QPR managed to draw level twice in the final seven minutes of the game, having initially gone behind from an own goal by Richard Dunne.
Liverpool were able to reestablish the lead after conceding a goal in the 87th minute, but conceded yet again.
Despite this, QPR chose not to press for a win, and they were punished as Liverpool put together a speedy counter attack.
Raheem Sterling led the charge, breaking away from Henry, and his cross into the area was deflected in by Steven Caulker.
Henry was not happy, saying: “With hindsight I’d be walking off the pitch with a red card and we’d have drawn the game 2-2.
“It wasn’t him that scored, there were still four-five bodies bombing forward from their area and we let it happen.
“We needed to show our fans that we care and we know what’s at stake, what the position is we’re in and we thought we did that.
“But people were dying for the cause so to throw it away at the end was ridiculous.”
Former Manchester United hero Rio Ferdinand has said that he believes the club have gone into reverse since the new season began, as a series of struggling displays belied the optimism that surrounded the club during pre season, with the quotes from the ex-club captain reported by The Guardian.
Man Utd performed well in pre season, including a victory in the International Champions Cup, beating Liverpool in the final to win the tournament, but they have struggled since the Premier League kicked off for another season.
Louis van Gaal has yet to win a competitive game since his arrival in Manchester. A loss against Swansea City at home in their opening game has been followed by a pair of draws, including a goalless encounter against newly promoted team Burnley.
The lowest point came against MK Dons in the League Cup, when Van Gaal’s charges slumped to a staggering 4-0 loss against the League Two side.
Ferdinand, who returns to Old Trafford on Sunday with new club Queens Park Rangers, said: “I have to be honest, pre-season I was really excited for Man United.
“They looked really fit, really decisive, and looked like they had a good understanding of the system.
“But it was almost like a reversal once the season started.”
Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp has referred to Manchester United’s brand new forward line as dangerous, with the London club tasked with being the first side to face a side boosted by the shock deadline day arrival of Radamel Falcao, as reported by the Daily Express.
It is not just Falcao’s arrival that has served to improve Man Utd’s forward line, however, as the addition of Angel Di Maria earlier in the transfer window represented the capture of the most impressive player of last season’s Champions League final for a British record transfer fee. Di Maria cost £59.7 million to tempt away from Real Madrid.
Man Utd already have Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie available to them, along with the likes of Juan Mata and Adnan Januzaj. That combination did not impress last season, however, as Man Utd finished seventh. Van Gaal has improved in an attempt to get the club back into the Champions League, and Redknapp is worried about the side he now faces.
He said: “Well, it certainly sounds dangerous!
“It’s got the makings of a great forward line.
“It’ll be interesting to see how they gel together. Di Maria doesn’t sound too bad either.
“We’ve got to go up there and make sure we work hard. We’ve got to be prepared to give them a game on Sunday.”