Warnock relishes MU ‘magic’

The 63-year-old became the west Londoners’ fifth manager of the

2009/10 season when he moved from Crystal Palace in March last

year. Warnock has been a stabilising force at QPR after 12

different managers in a four-year spell, leading them to the npower

Championship crown in his first full season in charge. The R’s have

impressed since promotion to the Premier League and welcome

Manchester United to W12 on Sunday, which excites Warnock

immensely. “We have dreamt of it since I came to the club,” he

said. “It has only been a dream up until now. “The younger fans

have not seen anything like it and I always imagine how I used to

feel walking to the ground. “They will be thinking of Rooney, Giggs

and Ferdinand. “It is a fabulous feeling walking to the ground

[thinking of those type of players] with your dad and grandad with

you. “That is what we wanted. We wanted QPR fans to see the top

players. “I just think playing Man United have that little bit of

magic. “I know we’ve played Man City and we’ve played Chelsea, but

I think Manchester United just has that something else. “The glitz

factor really and it whets the appetite.” QPR will be without key

centre-back Anton Ferdinand on Sunday due to a hamstring injury

picked up at Liverpool last weekend. The Hoops, though, are boosted

by the return of Fitz Hall, Matthew Connolly and DJ Campbell, with

Warnock promising to go for victory. “We’ll have a go,” he said.

“There is no way we are trying to get a point with our fans when we

have waited 16 years or whatever it is. “I want them going home

knowing we’ve given everything whatever the result, but it would be

nice to get something. “I saw highlights of Basel [in the Champions

League] and they did attack them, which was surprising because you

don’t see that against Manchester United, especially at Old

Trafford. “But I think teams are changing and having a go, I think

that’s from Blackpool. “If you go defensive you’re going to get

beaten anyway.” QPR come into the match with just one home victory

all season, albeit against high-flying rivals Chelsea. The match

with Andre Villas-Boas’ side has been one of several impressive

performances the Rs have put in against the league’s bigger sides.

Warnock, though, does not believe there is a particularly different

mindset heading into such games. “I don’t think we have done badly

in many games,” he said. “Although we got a pasting at Fulham and

they played well on the day, we were so naive it was untrue and we

also lost heavily to Bolton. “But, other than that, I think

Liverpool is probably the only other team we deserved to be beaten

by and even last week we had a chance. “I think what we have got to

do is worry about ourselves and take the our opportunities. “The

problem with us is we don’t score enough goals, but I think that is

the problem with most of the teams coming up. “You have to be lucky

when you play teams as well. I keep bringing up Newcastle [against

whom we drew 0-0]. “I was envious of Norwich last weekend playing

them with both of their centre-halves missing for the first time

this season. “Injuries do disrupt you. You have to be lucky with

injuries at this level with teams outside the top six.”