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Friday’s newspapers were discussing upcoming round of FA Premier League fixtures with main focus being on the matches between Middlesborough vs Manchester City, Sheffield United vs Liverpool, Everton vs Manchester United and Queens Park Rangers vs Southampton
Irish international debutant Alan Kernaghan was hoping that Middlesborough continues to be the bogey team for Manchester City as the two sides were set clash at Maine Road. In their last three meetings the north east club has knocked out the Manchester Club in the FA cup, the Rumbleows cup and took the all three points against them at Ayresome Park. “City must suit us —or we really do have a jinx on them!” Middlesbrough captain said.
Since beating Manchester United 2-1 on the opening day of the season, Sheffield United’s form had been dreadful, losing five and drawing one of the subsequent six matches. They failed to score in their last three matches, all of which they lost by the same 0-2 scoreline. Manager Graeme Souness was without Dean Saunders who had completed his move to Aston Villa and his preferred choice of replacement Torben Piechnek was yet to be signed by the Reds.
Manchester United had won their previous four matches, scoring six times without conceding a goal in that time. They were rock bottom of the Premier League after losing their first two matches, but Alex Ferguson’s team had climbed up the table and were currently in fourth place. Mark Hughes had been on target three times already that season, and although not always a prolific goalscorer the Welsh international was always a tough opponent for any defender.
Queens Park Rangers were set to travel to Southampton that Saturday aiming to get back on the winning trail. Gerry Francis‘ men were still flying high in the Premier Division, but had not won since their trip to Coventry previous month. Defeat at Chelsea and draws with Arsenal and Ipswich had blotted their copybook and the team were clearly tired after many matches in one go. Francis was not helped by the number of players picked for international duty that week and has been left frustrated by injuries to a number of key players during international fixtures and needed all their energy to combat a competitive Southampton side, who were aiming to revenge their crushing defeat at Loftus Road in previous month.
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