Manchester United had a funny way of celebrating their manager’s new contract as they were spanked 4-2 by the super Hoops.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could only look on in disbelief as three goals in eight minutes at the start of the second half put the hosts on the road to a resounding victory.
And United supporters will have to be grateful that not many of these players will be turning out regularly for their side when the season begins.
Some of their defending was abysmal, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka showing why Solskjaer is so interested in Kieran Trippier.
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And after scoring early, they failed to do enough going forward against an attractive, skilful QPR side.
United started fast and deserved their early goal. Livewire Mason Greenwood played a fine pass that Facundo Pellistri touched into the path of Lingard, who finished confidently.
But the hosts soon equalised and not for the last time, it was left wing back Lee Wallace who did the damage.
Wallace’s cross was excellent and Teden Mengi, United’s teenage centre-back, lost Charlie Austin, who headed past Tom Heaton.
Rangers edged the remainder of the half as Greenwood in particular lost momentum.
Half-time substitute Anthony Elanga had a great chance to put United in front, but a heavy touch after Greenwood’s through ball allowed QPR replacement goalkeeper Joe Walsh to clear.
Then came the triple whammy. First Wan-Bissaka reacted slowly to a deflected cross, allowing Wallace to pull the ball back for Dykes to score with a deflected shot.
Then the Reds’ defence parted for right wing-back Moses Odubajo, who cut inside before curling a fantastic shot past Lee Grant.
And after Walsh saved from Elanga again, United substitute ‘keeper Grant was picking the ball out of the net for the third time.
Brandon Williams showed Dykes inside, and the Scotland international struck a fine finish.
Elanga made up a bit for his earlier misses with a good finish to make it 4-2, but it was too much to ask the youngsters that Solskjaer had thrown on to mount a full comeback.
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