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Summary

  1. First victory for United boss Louis van Gaal
  2. Falcao, Rojo, Blind make debuts in easy win
  3. Di Maria scores free-kick on home debut
  4. Herrera, Rooney, Mata also on target
  5. Click the audio speaker or use the 'Live Coverage' tab for BBC 5 live commentary

Live Reporting

By Tom Rostance and Mike Henson

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    And that is that for the day's Premier League action.

    We have coverage of AC Milan v Parma coming up at 19:15 BST on our European index, and we will of course bring you Hull v West Ham on Monday night. See you there.

  2. Post update

    Coming up on Match of the Day 2

    Jermaine Jenas

    BBC Sport's Mark Chapman, on Twitter: "Recording MOTD2 from Old Trafford with Jermaine Jenas. Goal of the Month and all of yesterday's action too."

    Viewers in England, Wales or Northern Ireland can watch Match of the Day 2 from 22:30 BST this evening, while viewers in Scotland can tune in from 23:30, following the conclusion of Sportscene.

  3. 15-0

    Man Utd 4-0 QPR

    As a manager, Harry Redknapp has faced Manchester United 15 times at Old Trafford in the Premier League (West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur, Portsmouth, and QPR) and has yet to get a point.

  4. Player reaction

    Man Utd 4-0 QPR

    Ander Herrera

    Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera, speaking to BBC Sport: "We are happy. It is our first game winning. I think we have been comfortable on the pitch. We kept the ball, we had a lot of chances and we let them make few chances. We are happy with this step but of course we have to improve. If we want to win trophies we have to improve still.

    "The new players are top players, Di Maria, Falcao, Rojo, Blind, Shaw. We are looking forward to this season. This is our first step but it was important to win the game, we have a long week of work and if we win we have confidence."

  5. Manager reaction

    Man Utd 4-0 QPR

    Louis van Gaal

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal: "Angel Di Maria has cramp. He should be ok. That is a good sign, it shows that he has given everything. When you make and score the first goal for yourself you cannot have played badly, but he gives the ball away unnecessarily sometimes.

    "There are things we can improve upon, even Di Maria.

    "I have been employed for more than 25 years and my teams are always focused on attack, but it is not our focus. The focus is to be in the first three so that we can qualify for the Champions League. The most important thing is the trajectory.

    "We have to play in a certain style and we have to improve our qualifications and I hope that at the end of the this year to be manager of the champions of England, if not this, then in the second or third year."

  6. Text us on 81111

    Andy, Royton: The big teams will score against Man United, no doubt about that. Can United score more than they'll concede? Six goals in five games against QPR, MK Dons, Burnley and Swansea would suggest not. Work to be done, let's not get carried away!

  7. HAVE YOUR SAY

    606 phone-in

    BBC Radio 5 live

    QPR fan Andy on 606: "That was just depressing, Louis van Gaal's wife should thank Harry Redknapp for her birthday present."

    The 606 lines are open. You might want to talk about Manchester United's assault on the top four. Wrighty believes they will at the expense of Liverpool.

    Call 0500 909 693, text 85058 and tweet: #BBC606 or @BBC606.

  8. Post update

    Man Utd 4-0 QPR

    Louis van Gaal also confirms that all of his new signings are having English lessons and "shall learn within one year to be fluent."

  9. Post update

    Man Utd 4-0 QPR

    Louis van Gaal reiterates the fact that he ditched a back three today as Chris Smalling and Phil Jones were out injured. "I was more or less forced to play with four defenders," he says.

    Watch this space.

  10. Monday night club

    The last game of the weekend comes up tomorrow night as Hull face West Ham.

    Steve Bruce - linked with replacing Alan Pardew at Newcastle over the weekend - has nearly as many new players at his disposal as Louis van Gaal. Hull could well be the new entertainers in town too, they have Hatem Ben Arfa and Gaston Ramirez in the mix now of course.

  11. Join the debate on the BBC Sport Facebook page

    Barry Healy: It was a very good display. If that's how they line up and play for the rest of the season, we will be in for some great games.

    Kieran Evans: United played QPR. I think everyone's forgetting the MK Dons game..?

    Ollie Tissington: QPR didn't play well to be fair, and the gaps in Manchester's defence at times were bad. If they played a team like Man City or Chelsea they would get destroyed.

  12. Manager reaction

    Man Utd 4-0 QPR

    QPR manager Harry Redknapp talking to the BBC:

    "A few minutes before half time we were 1-0 down and still bang in the game. To come in at 3-0 down, when our keeper has not had a shot to save..... If you have ever played in a team 3-0 down at half time it is very difficult. You have to make sure you don't get beat by six or seven.

    "A difficult day, I expected it and we got one.

    "Leroy Fer is not fit, Sandro got a bit of cramp where he's not played many games. I still feel confident we will be ok."

  13. Post update

    Man Utd 4-0 QPR

    Stoke, Southampton, West Ham, Liverpool and Aston Villa. That's the next five games for QPR as they try and stay out of the bottom three in the Premier League. Harry Redknapp is confident they will survive.

  14. Manager reaction

    Man Utd 4-0 QPR

    Harry redknapp

    QPR manager Harry Redknapp: "To be honest we came in and found ourselves 1-0 with five minutes until half-time. I thought if we came in at half time at 1-0 we'd be still in the game but we gave away two goals and came in at 3-0 despite Rob Green barely having a save to make.

    "You know it is going to be tough at 3-0. You don't want to get beat six or seven and it be demoralising.

    "Some of our players need games. They need to get fit. But that is the problem with the international break. But we need to get them fit and playing."

  15. Text us on 81111

    Rob, London: Fear Factor? Let's not run before we can walk. QPR didn't look interested and were truly awful.

  16. Manager reaction

    Man Utd 4-0 QPR

    Tyler Blackett and Angel Di Maria

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal talking to the BBC:

    "This is special because it is also the birthday of my wife. I have already given her a present but she said the biggest present shall be the victory. We give it to her.

    "I think we can do much better. I said let's make a new start. All the new players are playing.

    "We have very intelligent players. The most important thing is not the system but the philosophy. Tyler Blackett is a little bit lucky because a lot of central defenders are injured. He made a very good performance but there are also other defenders still to come."

  17. Post update

    Man Utd 4-0 QPR

    Harry Redknapp says QPR midfielder Sandro came off with a tight calf but he needs to get match fit.

  18. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Allan McDevitt: One can only hope that Di Maria-Herrera-Blind becomes the regular midfield. Amazing what a bit of pace does.

    Phil Ecstasy: Am guessing by the end of the season Fabregas and Di Maria will be contending for player with most assists.

    Joe Wedgwood: Utd must build on this. Everyone stepped up their game today. Herrera and Blind unsung heroes, Di Maria world class. Rojo solid.

  19. Manager reaction

    Man Utd 4-0 QPR

    Louis van Gaal

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal: "When you have a result of 4-0 then you can be happy as a coach but you always have points you can improve. I am very happy because of the result and the way we have played. We were very dominant and scored goals and kept a clean sheet.

    "In ball possession I think we have lost too much the ball previously. We were more direct and that I like. Also, we have created a lot of chances, although we didn't score enough of them.

    "We have always to analyse what we have done. The result is fantastic but we can get much better. This is a good start."

  20. Post update

    Man Utd 4-0 QPR

    Louis van Gaal is out in front of the cameras - unsurprisingly he is pretty happy with his side's display but believes there is more to come.

    "It's a very good start," he says.

  21. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Dave W: Looks like Juan Mata will be a regular in Utd's team to translate for Di Maria when he picks up his many Man of the match awards...

    Babu Rajendran: Nice show in the first three matches to loosen up the Glazer's purse strings. Back to business.

    Frederik Rasmussen: What a difference 160 million quid makes!

  22. The fear factor?

    Man Utd 4-0 QPR

    Di Maria
  23. Post update

    Man Utd 4-0 QPR

    For QPR it's just one Premier League goal so far then, and next Saturday's visit of Stoke is already looking pretty important.

  24. Text us on 81111

    Alex: Just imagine what would have happened if Sir Alex Ferguson had these guys in his last couple of years.

    Dave, Carlisle: Man Utd charging up the table now - edging Leicester out for 9th place on goal difference...

  25. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Chris Harvey: Manchester United and Liverpool's new look sides played home games against weak sides. One won with ease, the other didn't record a shot on target.

    Mahbub Anam: Van Galacticos. How can James Rodriguez be an upgrade on Angel Di Maria? Once Angel adds goals he'll be as good as Ronaldo.

    Guy Renfrew: Di Maria with a goal and assist. Herrera with a goal and assist. Rooney with a goal and assist. That's more like it.

  26. Post update

    Man Utd 4-0 QPR

    With no European football to worry about Manchester United have a clear week now until they face Leicester next Sunday afternoon. With Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea all in midweek action, will that prove to a big advantage in the league?

  27. Post update

    Man Utd 4-0 QPR

    Former Wales international Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "On today's performance it was a Man Utd side people want to come and pay to watch. But defensively, when are they going to be tested? QPR could have equalised with that ball over the top, so there are still questions. Let's not forget they have beaten QPR today. Spurs beat them 4-0 and we are not talking about them winning the league.

    "If you ask every United fan in this stadium I think the majority would say no, they will not win the league this year."

  28. Post update

    Man Utd 4-0 QPR

    Just the 95 touches, 76 passes, six crosses, two shots, four chances created and a goal. Not bad from Angel Di Maria this afternoon.

  29. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Rajan Paudel: Perfect match by United after a long time. Passion, hunger, desire, what we needed. And still there is more to come.

    Hashim Albahbahani: I don't care how poorly they start a season, United are always title contenders. They've shown that today. Never write them off.

    Max Whelford: Can't say I'm not impressed with the Man United side today. It will be interesting to see what happens when they play a better side.

  30. Player reaction

    Man Utd 4-0 QPR

    Angel Di Maria and Juan MAta

    Manchester United midfielder Angel Di Maria: "I'm very happy for my debut and a first goal. I have been practicing those free-kicks this week, so it is not a surprise for me."

    Juan Mata: "We played much much better. From the beginning until the last minute we tried to score goals and that's what we have to do with the players we have.

    "It's a very important win and it's the first steps in a run of results, we hope."

  31. Post update

    Man Utd 4-0 QPR

    Former Wales international Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Manchester United look arrogant, they have got superstars in the team, the fear factor is back. There is a long way to go but what a start. This club is associated with some of the best players in the world. Now you think you will see exciting attacking football, which is what Man United should be doing.

    "Angel Di Maria is my man of the match, just for his first half, I thought he was outstanding. There hasn't been a bad Man Utd player. But there have been 12 or 13, including the subs, bad QPR players."

  32. FULL-TIME

    Man Utd 4-0 QPR

    An absolute walk in the park for Manchester United. Angel Di Maria was the star man, but Daley Blind also looked the part. QPR were wretched, but you can only beat what's in front of you and Louis Van Gaal's side did that with aplomb.

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal thanks the Old Trafford crowd
  33. GREAT SAVE!

    Man Utd 4-0 QPR

    Another good save for Rob Green, getting down well to push away Adnan Januzaj's low shot. That would really have rubbed it in. Januzaj then gets in behind again but gets his angles all wrong, hooking it high and wide.

  34. Post update

    Man Utd 4-0 QPR

    Nothing to see here, a stroll in the autumnal sunshine for Manchester United. New formations, new line-ups and new challenges await, while QPR will probably be thinking they should have had a go rather than line up not to get heavily beaten.

  35. Post update

    Man Utd 4-0 QPR

    BBC Sport's Simon Stone at Old Trafford: "Di Maria is the final change, replaced by Adnan Januzaj for the final few minutes.

    "The Argentine had gone down near the home box a couple of minutes earlier, and needed treatment.

    "It didn't seem very serious at the time and there was no obvious concern on the United bench as Di Maria takes his place. Van Gaal taking no chances though."

  36. Post update

    Man Utd 4-0 QPR

    QPR must be begging for the final whistle. It's been a painful afternoon.

    QPR's Rio Ferdinand looks on as Juan Mata scores for Manchester United
  37. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Jamie Smith: I'm sure Louis van Gaal and co will be breathing a sigh of relief tonight. Vital three points after slow start to the season.

    Antoine V: Falcao hasn't scored yet? He's rubbish!

  38. Post update

    Man Utd 4-0 QPR

    Former Wales international Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "The question around Adnan Januzaj is: Will he get the run to show his talent at this football club? Di Maria, Rojo and Shaw they are all left-siders. Legends of this football club rave about Januzaj. But can he do it on a regular basis? Will he be given the chance?"

    Manchester United star Adnan Januzaj
  39. GREAT SAVE!

    Man Utd 4-0 QPR

    Almost the Colombian icing on Manchester United's cake, Rob Green beats away Daley Blind's swerving drive from 25 yards but then gets back to his feet really smartly to save Radamel Falcao's follow-up. Top save.

  40. SUBSTITUTION

    Man Utd 4-0 QPR

    Maybe Angel Di Maria does have a slight problem - he's replaced with eight minutes remaining, as Adnan Januzaj takes his spot. No point taking any chances now.

  41. Post update

    Man Utd 4-0 QPR

    Angel Di Maria goes down with a slight problem but he's soon back up on his feet. A fine home debut from the £60m man.

  42. Post update

    Man Utd 4-0 QPR

    United have to finish in the top four, don't they? With the money they have spent and the players they have acquired, surely they must take a top-four spot?

  43. Post update

    Man Utd 4-0 QPR

    Former Wales international Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Eduardo Vargas has been lively since he has come on, he has been a threat.

    "But there is a good feeling coming through at Old Trafford again. A lot of people were happy Man Utd finished seventh last year, but now with this team, I don't think they will win the league but can they get the club back into the Champions League?"

  44. Post update

    Man Utd 4-0 QPR

    BBC Sport's Simon Stone at Old Trafford: "Juan Mata looked a bit subdued when his number went up as the man to be replaced by Radamel Falcao even if he had a smile on his face by the time he got to the touchline to exchange high fives with the Colombian.

    "Mata could not have done much more today but his task in keeping his place is not an enviable one.

    "As expected, Wayne Rooney has dropped back, with Falcao taking his place alongside Robin van Persie."

    Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata against QPR
  45. CLOSE!

    Man Utd 4-0 QPR

    A sign of the still soft underbelly of this Manchester United side as QPR are able to slice through with ease, substitute Eduardo Vargas gets the better of Marcos Rojo and Tyler Blackett to walk in on goal, but he drags his effort wide.

  46. Post update

    Man Utd 4-0 QPR

    Into the final 15 minutes then. Radamel Falcao has had a few nice touches but he's not looked a threat yet.

    Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao
  47. SUBSTITUTION

    Man Utd 4-0 QPR

    Manchester United fans are trying to get Rio Ferdinand to give them a wave as Sandro goes down with an injury. He wisely ignores them and QPR replace the stricken Brazilian with Karl Henry. Rio may well take being subbed now...

  48. HAVE YOUR SAY

    606 phone-in

    BBC Radio 5 live

    The 606 lines are open. You might want to talk about Manchester United's assault on the top four. Wrighty believes they will at the expense of Liverpool.

    Wrighty was also impressed by Danny Welbeck yesterday and believes that, for Arsenal, he can get in the right positions and score goals. Do you agree?

    And is Mario Balotelli's ability to play his game affected by his reputation? Does he need more protection from referees? Wrighty believes so.

    Call 0500 909 693, text 85058 and tweet: #BBC606 or @BBC606.

  49. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Lewis Bates: Daley Blind has controlled this match. Angel Di Maria has been class, but Blind has broken everything up. Just what we've needed.

    Craig Fraser: Di Maria, Falcao, RVP and Rooney vs an abysmal QPR defence already 4-0 down. Time to prove a point to the rest of the league?

    Kuntal Majumdar: Can't wait for the likes of Chelsea, City and Liverpool to deflate this Man U balloon soon. This is setting up so nicely...

  50. Text us on 81111

    Shohan Sen, Kent: People may be a little too hasty to say the old United has returned. QPR won't be the real test, it will be their main rivals. With all these new signings are their competitors the title-chasers, Champions League-chasers or Europa League-chasers? Only time will tell but I feel their upcoming Everton match will he a good indicator!

  51. HITS THE WOODWORK

    Man Utd 4-0 QPR

    QPR are not big believers in tackling at the moment, preferring to stand off and watch the red tide wash over their shores. Robin van Persie is allowed to make his way to the deadball line and his chipped cross hits the angle of post and bar. The Dutchman then shoots over on the spin - he probably needs a goal to stay in the team at the moment.

    Manchester United striker Robin van Persie
  52. Post update

    Man Utd 4-0 QPR

    Wayne Rooney has taken Juan Mata's space in behind the front two, and almost has a fifth as he ghosts into space but can't quite control the ball. If you could request a scenario to make your debut as a striker, than 4-0 up at home to QPR would be high on the list.

  53. Post update

    Man Utd 4-0 QPR

    Former Wales international Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "That is an insight into what will happen when Louis van Gaal gets his favoured selection on the pitch. Just look at that, Falcao, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie. What a forward line that is. And Angel Di Maria. Wow. That is the fear factor right there.

    "I have never seen such a transformation at one club from one game to the next. The atmosphere in this team is completely different to Burnley away."

  54. SUBSTITUTION

    Man Utd 4-0 QPR

    Double change as Antonio Valencia and Radamel Falcao replace Juan Mata and Rafael. Huge ovation for Falcao.

    Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao comes on for Juan Mata
  55. Post update

    Man Utd 4-0 QPR

    Top class stuff from Angel Di Maria, lifting a ball over the packed defence with the outside of his boot but Robin van Persie's shot is right at Rob Green.

    Radamel Falcao is imminent.

  56. Text us on 81111

    Josh: Is Rio Ferdinand sure he doesn't still play for Man Utd?

  57. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Ash Day: QPR's defending is tragic. No wonder United weren't fussed letting Ferdinand go, he's so past it now, has been for years.

    Chaim Ford: As a Spurs fan, I want to warn Man U fans that QPR have the ability to make your team look much better than they actually are...

    David: The stars will take the headlines but it's been Ander Herrera and Daley Blind in midfield that's made the difference for me.

  58. Post update

    Man Utd 4-0 QPR

    Is the fear factor back at Old Trafford? Not yet, but it could well return. United host Everton and Chelsea next month - let's see after that.

  59. Post update

    Man Utd 4-0 QPR

    Former Wales international Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Absolutely woeful defending from QPR. Angel Di Maria had a shot from 30 yards, scuffed, and Mata is unmarked in the box. He controls it and just lifts it over Robert Green. Terrible defending. You are 3-0 down away from home, and the back four is all over the place. I don't know where Rio Ferdinand went. You sense now there is a fear factor about playing here."

    QPR defender Rio Ferdinand against his old club Manchester United
  60. SUBSTITUTION

    Man Utd 4-0 QPR

    There is a change in the wake of the fourth goal, but it's not Radamel Falcao just yet. QPR throw on Eduardo Vargas for Charlie Austin.

  61. GOAL

    Man Utd 4-0 QPR - Juan Mata

    A goal of almost embarrassing ease. Angel Di Maria is allowed to carry the ball forwards and shoot from 25 yards, he scuffs it across the face of goal and there is nobody within five yards of Juan Mata. The Spaniard gathers it in and drives high into the net. Awful, awful defending.

    Daley Blind congratulates Manchester United team-mate Juan Mata
  62. Post update

    Man Utd 3-0 QPR

    What time is Falcao O'Clock then? Get him on, let's have a look at him. He could be United's best loan signing since Mr Garth Crooks.

  63. Post update

    Man Utd 3-0 QPR

    Former Wales international Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Juan Mata did exceptionally well to ride a strong challenge, he stayed on his feet but couldn't get enough power on the shot as he was off balance. It fell to Wayne Rooney but he could get the ball out of his feet. Why not go down there? You're not going to get a penalty if you stay on your feet."

  64. Post update

    Man Utd 3-0 QPR

    A stat that will interest those people who reckon every packet of crisps has its sell by date on a Saturday - and nobody else: QPR have won only one away match in the top-flight on a Sunday, winning 3-2 at Manchester City on 14 May 1995.

  65. Post update

    Man Utd 3-0 QPR

    Put your foot through it! Big chance for a fourth as Juan Mata gets away from his marker but can't convert Rafael's cutback, his tame effort lands at the feet of Wayne Rooney and he too can't beat Rob Green.

  66. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Paul Scott: Angel Di Maria is giving United the fear factor immediately! So good to see. Going for 5-1 full time.

  67. Post update

    Man Utd 3-0 QPR

    Daley Blind has impressed today, though he's had an east ride in that deep midfield position. He hasn't had to do much defensive work but has been very neat and tidy on the ball. Ditto Tyler Blackett - who you feel should make the most of this run in the side.

    He'll remember the days he played with Van Persie, Rooney, Falcao, Mata, Di Maria fondly...

    Manchester United defender Daley Blind
  68. Post update

    Man Utd 3-0 QPR

    Former Wales international Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "The second half should be same again for Man United, this is a great opportunity for them to get more goals against a poor Queens Park Rangers side. QPR just have to try to come away from here only 3-0 down. They just have to try and keep their goal difference down.

    "Excellent play from Angel Di Maria. He is someone with pace, balance, desire and tricks. That is what being a Manchester United player is all about."

    Angel Di Maria outfoxes Matt Phillips of QPR
  69. GREAT SAVE!

    Man Utd 3-0 QPR

    Armand Traore does make a difference! Lung-buster of a run from left-back, great stuff as he gallops infield, beats Jonny Evans and tees up Niko Kranjcar to strike one. The Croatian drills it from 20 yards, but David De Gea makes the save with his feet. That's more like it - QPR's first shot on target.

  70. Post update

    Man Utd 3-0 QPR

    No apparent change to QPR's shape or approach then, as Angel Di Maria gets the crowd off their seats again with strength, touch and vision to extricate himself from a tricky spot at left-back.

  71. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Andy Craig: Have to feel sorry for David Moyes as he never got this kind of firepower as backing. Won't be possible to judge between him and LVG.

    Ohigu Musa: Angel Di Maria makes other players around him better and sharp. Real Madrid must be biting their fingers.

    David Thorpe: Hate that QPR aren't in their hoops today. Away strips should only be when needed, a team's colours are their colours.

  72. KICK-OFF

    Man Utd 3-0 QPR

    And we are back up and running.

  73. SUBSTITUTION

    Man Utd 3-0 QPR

    As predicted, Armand Traore is on for QPR. He replaces Clint Hill.

  74. Post update

    Man Utd 3-0 QPR

    Here they come - out of the tunnel and into the light.

  75. Text us on 81111

    Andrew, London: Although QPR are playing deep Daley Blind looks really settled - I can't remember a misplaced pass. Rojo's work rate also impressive.

    Peter: This is unbelievable, sensational stuff. A side who have spent more that any English club in history in a single window is beating one of the worst Premier League sides of all time at home! Give them the title now.

    Jerome, London: QPR at home gentleman. Let's keep a sense of perspective. They were in the Championship last year.

  76. Post update

    Man Utd 3-0 QPR

    QPR have only scored once all season in the Premier League. This game is as good as gone but a goal or two would lift their morale no end.

    Or is it all about Radamel Falcao now?

    Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao
  77. Post update

    Man Utd 3-0 QPR

    Armand Traore is obviously the answer to QPR's issues - he's going through a hefty warm-up which would suggest that he's coming on.

  78. Post update

    Man Utd 3-0 QPR

    BBC Sport's Simon Stone at Old Trafford: "Wayne Rooney's third goal has completed almost a perfect half for Manchester United. The entire stadium seems to have responded to the influx of new talent and the players have responded with a zest rarely seen in the David Moyes era.

    "Rooney, Herrera, Mata, Di Maria and Van Persie have interchanged brilliantly and now it is purely a case of how many - and how long before Radamel Falcao is introduced.

    "Louis van Gaal knows much stiffer challenges lay ahead. But this is a pretty good start."

  79. Post update

    Man Utd 3-0 QPR

    We've got footballing ninjas on the pitch at half-time. Superb.

  80. HALF-TIME STATS

    Man Utd 3-0 QPR

    Match stats
  81. Have your say

    606 phone-in

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Is this the start of Manchester United's climb back to the top of the Premier League tree?

    Ian Wright will be fielding those and other questions on BBC Radio 5 live's 606 phone-in today. It kicks off at 18:06 BST and you can get involved using the Twitter hashtag #askwrighty or on the blower on 0500 909 693. Texts to 85058 and emails to 606@bbc.co.uk.

    You have no excuse.

  82. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Jon Goodway: RVP has been very quiet. He could be most at risk from Falcao arrival. Seems off the pace.

    UnSimpleSimon: It has taken Utd £150m to get good again. Getting more expensive to buy success. Got to remove the FFP for QPR.

    Dave W: Rojo to centre-back, bring on Shaw. Falcao for RVP - lets see what the rest of the guys are like.

  83. The shape of things to come?

    Man Utd 3-0 QPR

    Man Utd XI

    Manchester United have gone back to four at the back this afternoon and it's been left-back Marcos Rojo (5) and right-back Rafael (2) supplying the width. Wayne Rooney (10) has been right up front too. He'll get goals up there.

  84. Post update

    Man Utd 3-0 QPR

    Former Wales international Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Fantastic positive play from the first minute, Manchester United thoroughly deserve their lead but it has been far too easy.

    "The movement, interchange and pace of the front four has been great and Angel Di Maria has been the star of the show. He is what they have been crying out for."

  85. HALF-TIME

    Man Utd 3-0 QPR

    Applause ripples down from the stands as Manchester United toast a strong first-half showing. QPR are cooked here.

    Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal thanks the Old Trafford crowd
  86. Post update

    Man Utd 3-0 QPR

    Former Wales international Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Can Steven Caulker get out to block the ball quicker? He stands off and I think Wayne Rooney's shot went through his legs. United are 3-0 up but they have not had to work hard for their goals at all.

    "We will definitely see Falcao come on in the second half now. You have to worry for QPR here."

  87. Post update

    Man Utd 3-0 QPR

    Harry Redknapp will not be happy with the way his side have gone about their task today. Slack stuff.

  88. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Jamie Smith: Was only a matter of time before Man Utd clicked, van Gaal has made some quality signings. Still fancy Chelsea for PL title though.

    Andy Brown: Of all the marquee signings this summer, Blind and Herrera might just well be the difference!

    Chris Baldwin: Are we getting carried away here? This is QPR who Spurs beat 4-0 a few weeks ago. Man Utd still have a lot to prove.

  89. GOAL

    Man Utd 3-0 QPR - Wayne Rooney

    Too easy. It's far too easy as QPR stand off and admire Manchester United's third. Some slick stuff in the build up but Steven Caulker has to get tighter to prevent Wayne Rooney from driving home from the edge of the box. He didn't, and Rooney buried it at the near post.

    Wayne Rooney celebrates his goal against QPR
  90. Post update

    Man Utd 2-0 QPR

    Funny what an investment of £150m can do to a team eh? United looking back to their old self now as even Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie link up, neat one-touch stuff leaving Clint Hill for dead.

  91. Post update

    Man Utd 2-0 QPR

    It has been high-tempo stuff from Manchester United Sam, you're not wrong. I think that's Angel Di Maria's only setting, as he again scurries away on the left and drops a teasing cross between Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney. He's not afraid to drift in an early cross.

  92. Text us on 81111

    Sam J, Oxford: Aside from the obvious influx in talent, the one glaring difference seems to be that Man United are finally catching up with the modern game and playing high tempo, high pressure. Blind and Herrera typify this. Staggering it's taken this long though.

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    Tom Geoffrey: Oh there you are Manchester Utd. Welcome back.

  94. Post update

    Man Utd 2-0 QPR

    QPR need the next goal if they are to have any illusions of leaving with points, and they fashion a good opportunity too. Matt Phillips gets the better of Marcos Rojo down the right hand side and pulls a dangerous cross into the middle - but it's behind Charlie Austin.

  95. Post update

    Man Utd 2-0 QPR

    Former Wales international Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "A great run from Angel Di Maria, he played in Wayne Rooney, whose blocked shot had no conviction, but the good thing about Ander Herrera is that he is there supporting the play and he puts the rebound into the bottom corner.

    "You have to worry now that this score could be anything. QPR's game plan has gone out of the window. United look a proper team now. There is pace, power and aggression."

  96. Post update

    Man Utd 2-0 QPR

    Ander Herrera doesn't get many - just seven league goals in nearly 100 games for Athletic Bilbao - but he took that really well.

  97. GOAL

    Man Utd 2-0 QPR - Ander Herrera

    A really good counter-attacking goal, the Manchester United of old almost? Steady on.

    It was forged by the pace and industry of Angel Di Maria again, carrying the ball 50+ yards with a really incisive run before slipping it inside to Wayne Rooney. His shot is blocked but fellow new boy Ander Herrera arrives to slam the loose change back into the bottom corner from 20 yards.

    So far so good for the United reboot.

    Ander Herrera celebrates scoring against QPR
  98. YELLOW CARD

    Man Utd 1-0 QPR

    A ragged few minutes for the hosts continues as Robin van Persie is booked for a rash challenge on Junior Hoilett. Can QPR hurt them though? Charlie Austin has barely seen the ball.

  99. Post update

    Man Utd 1-0 QPR

    Kevin Pietersen

    BBC Sport's Simon Stone, reporting from Old Trafford, has spotted a familiar face in the crowd: "Kevin Pietersen is enjoying himself at the 'other' Old Trafford."

  100. Post update

    Man Utd 1-0 QPR

    Angel Di Maria in the thick of it again as he whips in a cross on the run from wide on the left, but Robin van Persie can't control his header and it's over the top.

    But then a chance for QPR! United goalkeeper David de Gea comes way out of his area and gets it all wrong, a mistake allows Matt Phillips a sight of goal but his shot is tame and is easily cleared by Jonny Evans.

    A heartening lapse at the back for QPR fans though.

  101. Post update

    Man Utd 1-0 QPR

    Former Wales international Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "QPR's game plan was obviously to sit back and defend deep, but now you have conceded what do you do? Do you come out and try to get an equaliser and risk getting beaten 4-0 like at Spurs? Or do you go damage limitation?"

    QPR manager Harry Redknapp at Old Trafford
  102. Post update

    Man Utd 1-0 QPR

    Angel Di Maria is apparently the 31st player from Argentina to score in the Premier League. There's a pub quiz tie-breaker round sorted for someone. Name them.

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    Amir Hamza: Such a poor way to concede!! QPR prepare for an onslaught!!

    Suheil Patel: Lucky but he'll take that! Di Maria with his first goal. Already in love with that celebration!

  104. Post update

    Man Utd 1-0 QPR

    QPR's gameplan may well need tearing up now. They do have play-off hero Bobby Zamora on the bench, as well as box of tricks Adel Taarabt.

    Manchester United strangle a half-hearted penalty shout as Ander Herrera goes down under a Clint Hill challenge.

  105. Text us on 81111

    John: What a delivery! That's what £59m gets you these days I suppose.

  106. Post update

    Man Utd 1-0 QPR

    Former Wales international Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Clint Hill was stupid to give away the free-kick in the first place, it was a great position for Angel Di Maria to just whip it in. Robert Green did not know what to do, you can't blame him, Di Maria has whipped it in and it has just curled in the far post.

    "When you're defending so deep and so well all it takes is one person to make a mistake and you have conceded a goal."

  107. Post update

    Man Utd 1-0 QPR

    For £60m you might expect Angel Di Maria to be able to whip in a good free-kick, but that was a peach of a ball in. As Alan Hansen would say - 'difficult to defend against...'

  108. GOAL

    Man Utd 1-0 QPR - Angel Di Maria

    The British record signing is up and running! Manchester United get the breakthrough from a set-piece, as Angel Di Maria lands a lovely delivery from wide out on the right wing right in the danger zone. Clint Hill can't quite clear it, and the bounce takes it into far corner.

    Angel Di Maria celebrates scoring the opening goal with Wayne Rooney
  109. Post update

    Man Utd 0-0 QPR

    BBC Sport's Simon Stone at Old Trafford: "Juan Mata is looking to influence proceedings by dropping deep or pulling wide to get himself on the ball.

    "He has had United's best chance too, which he scooped over the bar. Ander Herrera has also been heavily involved in the early stages, which have been played almost exclusively around the QPR penalty area, although Robin van Persie just cost him a chance with an unwanted intervention as he was lining up a shot.

    "Strangely these days, once Joe Jordan retreated back to the QPR bench, there was no-one in either technical area."

  110. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Ruairidh Anderson: How does Jonny Evans get a game at Man Utd? He would struggle at Championship level.

    Richard: First 15 minutes have been the best of our season so far. Less long balls, faster passing. We look more like Man United.

  111. Post update

    Man Utd 0-0 QPR

    Angel Di Maria can't half shift, like a border collie down the left wing as a rare QPR attack breaks down. It comes to nothing but the British record signing showed real pace there.

    The away side are just starting to see more of the ball though - even though United have had over 70% of possession so far.

    Manchester United striker Angel Di Maria
  112. Text us on 81111

    Dan, London: So far Man United have had all the possession. Liverpool had all the possession yesterday, hmm...

  113. Post update

    Man Utd 0-0 QPR

    Former Wales international Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "The interchange up front between Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Juan Mata is very good, but for all the possession Man United have had, Robert Green is yet to make a save in the QPR goal. The most dangerous player you would say is Rafael when he breaks down the right. Other than that, the atmosphere has gone a bit quiet."

  114. Post update

    Man Utd 0-0 QPR

    United do get in behind for the first time as Marcos Rojo breaks forward, he lofts a nice ball to the back post but Robin van Persie and Ander Herrera get in each other's way! A better shout and there was a shooting opportunity there.

  115. Post update

    Man Utd 0-0 QPR

    BBC Sport's Simon Stone is reporting from Old Trafford: "First things first, three at the back has gone. Marcos Rojo started as an orthodox left-back, with Rafael on the right and Tyler Blackett partnering Jonny Evans in the middle.

    "Daley Blind is sitting just in front, with Ander Herrera and Angel Di Maria ahead of him.

    "Second thing to note, when Di Maria gets the ball, the same fizz of excitement flies round Old Trafford as when Cristiano Ronaldo was here."

    Angel Di Maria
  116. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Matt Collingwood: Fantastic to see United starting with a proper back four again. Line-up looks far more orthodox today. Optimistic.

  117. Post update

    Man Utd 0-0 QPR

    David De Gea's first touch is to sweep up a cross from the left, he's been a spectator so far. There's more urgency from the home side for sure but still more end product needed. Rafael gets clear down the right but his cross is poor.

  118. Post update

    Man Utd 0-0 QPR

    BBC Sport's Simon Stone is reporting from Old Trafford: "There was a time, in 2005, when Rio Ferdinand was booed by United fans on a pre-season tour of the Far East.

    "Those days are long gone. History will remember Ferdinand as one of the Red Devils' very best defenders, well worth the £29.1million Sir Alex Ferguson spent on him in 2002 - he was unveiled in a cream suit.

    "Ferdinand was cheered by United fans as he came out for the warm-up, when he returned to the dressing room, and when his name was read out ahead of kick-off.

    "Today though, he is playing for someone else. The 35-year-old scored the final goal for a Ferguson team at Old Trafford. How he would love another for QPR."

    Rio Ferdinand
  119. Post update

    Man Utd 0-0 QPR

    Daley Blind is the playmaker in this United line-up, playing more passes (17) than anyone else so far. He's the metronome, the tempo setter, and he's doing a decent job so far.

    QPR will be pleased enough though to reach the 10-minute mark without Rob Green having to make a save.

    Manchester United defender Daley Blind against QPR
  120. CLOSE!

    Man Utd 0-0 QPR

    It's all congested in the middle as United look pretty narrow, but they craft a decent opening down the right in the end. Rafael feeds the underlap of Ander Herrera, he looks up and picks out Juan Mata on the edge of the box, he's closed down well and scoops his shot over the top. Rich applause from the patrons.

  121. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Josu: I could regret saying this, but we look more solid with Blind and Rojo in the team.

    Adeel Ejaz: It feels so odd to see Rio defending against Rooney. What has the world come to!

  122. Post update

    Man Utd 0-0 QPR

    Former Wales international Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Man United have already put three or four crosses into the box, they are getting it in their very early and have started brightly. Already they look bigger, stronger and fitter. They look like they have an idea today, United."

  123. Post update

    Man Utd 0-0 QPR

    Harry Redknapp takes a walk down to the sidelines to usher his side out, he doesn't want them sitting too deep. Charlie Austin is up front alone and may not see much of his team-mates today.

    Rafael and Marcos Rojo are bombing on for the hosts and Rafael wins a corner, but Angel Di Maria overclubs it right out the back.

  124. Post update

    Man Utd 0-0 QPR

    Former Wales international Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "QPR have gone with a 4-5-1 formation, they are trying to compact the midfield and are sitting deep, letting Man United play in front of them at the minute."

  125. Post update

    Man Utd 0-0 QPR

    Angel Di Maria is very wide on the left and pings over a fine cross but Rio Ferdinand clears his lines well. QPR get Junior Hoilett moving down their left but it comes to nothing. Very buoyant crowd inside Old Trafford this afternoon, as Ferdinand again clears away from Wayne Rooney this time. Lively start.

  126. Post update

    Man Utd 0-0 QPR

    Looks like a back four for Manchester United with Daley Blind stationed in front. After that it's all very flexible in the opening stages. Louis van Gaal is a coach who fielded Dirk Kuyt in five positions in one game at the World Cup don't forget. Rotation, rotation, rotation...

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    Oletu M M R: Rio Ferdinand. Man Utd legend. Thanks Rio.

    QPR defender Rio Ferdinand thanks the fans at Old Trafford
  128. KICK-OFF

    Man Utd 0-0 QPR

    QPR get us under way...

  129. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Hasnain Gulzar: If Ronaldo, Rooney, Berbatov and Tevez could all fit into one team then so can Falcao, Rooney, RvP and Di Maria!

    Barry Turley: Really surprised to see Falcao start on the bench, but pleased to see Utd revert to a more solid back four.

    Mohamed Abdalla: Tactically, we should get destroyed playing with so many attack-minded players. Can LVG pull this off?

  130. Post update

    Man Utd v QPR (16:00 BST)

    Sir Bobby Charlton hands a special trinket to Rio Ferdinand as he takes the acclaim from ex team-mates and supporters alike. A fine servant for United, but he'll be all about QPR today.

    Sir Bobby Charlton hands a gift to ex-Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand
  131. Post update

    Man Utd v QPR (16:00 BST)

    QPR lining up in an all-white number this afternoon. Real Madrid style.

    A huge roar as the sides step out onto the surface, here we go!

  132. Post update

    Man Utd v QPR (16:00 BST)

    Former Wales international Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Angel Di Maria is value for money. He was the best player at the Champions League final, and Argentina could have won the World Cup if he had stayed fit. Would you not say £59m is value for money, in today's current market, for one of the best players in the world at the moment?"

  133. Post update

    Man Utd v QPR (16:00 BST)

    QPR manager Harry Redknapp speaking to Sky Sports: "There is nothing like coming to Old Trafford. This is what we scrapped all of last year for, to come to places like this. The longer you go without a win the harder it gets, so it was important that we beat Sunderland last time out.

    "We will have to work our socks off today. We have to make sure we don't show them too much respect, be after them and the game and take our chances when they come."

  134. Post update

    Man Utd v QPR (16:00 BST)

    David De Gea and Ander Herrera are deep in conversation as Wayne Rooney lines up his new-look team in the Old Trafford tunnel. The stage is set, are you?

  135. Post update

    Man Utd v QPR (16:00 BST)

    Former Wales international Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Nobody fancied Swansea City away to Manchester United on the opening day of the Premier League season but they got their tactics spot on. QPR have to stay in the game for as long as they can."

  136. Post update

    Man Utd v QPR (16:00 BST)

    We demand entertainment!

    These two sides have scored just three goals between them so far this season - Chelsea's Diego Costa alone has seven. Can we see the floodgates well and truly opened this afternoon?

  137. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Who have been the most entertaining team of the Premier League era?

    Sachin Balaj: 2007-2008 Man Utd team, Rooney, Tevez, Ronaldo, and at the back Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra, Neville, and of course Van der Sar.

    Kingsley AA: As a Man Utd fan, I must say Thierry Henry and company with much difficulty.

    Ger Scully: Spurs have consistently made me laugh for 15 years...

  138. Post update

    Man Utd v QPR (16:00 BST)

    Rio Ferdinand is set for a busy afternoon, but the game could be won and lost in the midfield battle. Sandro is straight into that battlefield today on his debut, and could be up against just Ander Herrera, depending how United line up.

    I'd back Sandro to win that one.

    Rio Ferdinand
  139. Post update

    Man Utd v QPR (16:00 BST)

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Football writer Amy Lawrence: "I'm not sure TV is the best thing for Rio Ferdinand, I see his future more as a coach.

    "Harry Redknapp has integrated people into his backroom staff, like we saw with Tony Adams at Portsmouth, or Steve McClaren at QPR when he needed a route back into the game. Glenn Hoddle is there now and I think we will see Rio coaching at QPR before too long as well."

  140. Post update

    Man Utd v QPR (16:00 BST)

    That Newcastle team were a joy to watch - an absolute joy. I would love it if they had won the league, love it...

  141. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Who have been the most entertaining team of the Premier League era?

    Rian Hoskins: The Manchester City team of last season was pretty fabulous to watch. They scored 102 league goals on their way to the title

    Steve: United's 93-94 team.

    Paul Thompson: Kevin Keegan's Newcastle team of the 1990s. Very unlucky not to win the league. A bit different to the Toon team this season!

  142. The missing piece?

    Man Utd v QPR (16:00 BST)

    Radamel Falcao

    Few would have guessed at the start of the summer that Radamel Falcao would be lining up for Manchester United this afternoon.

    The Colombia striker suddenly became available on deadline day and United snapped Monaco's hands off to take him on loan.

    Quite where everyone fits into this United jigsaw remains to be seen, but what does not is that the number nine is gold in front of goal.

    Since 2009-10, Falcao has scored 104 goals in 139 league appearances for Porto, Atletico Madrid and Monaco combined. Deadly.

    He's only on the bench today - but his time will come.

  143. Post update

    Man Utd v QPR (16:00 BST)

    Plenty of unfamiliar faces for the Old Trafford residents to get used to during the warm-up, from the Seattle grunge look of Daley Blind, odd-boot wearing Radamel Falcao and Marcos Rojo, who seems to have a Crystal maze tattoo on his neck.

    Who knew Richard O'Brien was a hit in Argentina?

    Falcao
  144. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Who have been the most entertaining team of the Premier League era?

    Chongzy88: Easily Arsenal's undefeated side, bar none! Class all over the pitch. It showed that season.

    Ankur Goyal: Invincibles stand tall. Perfect combination of power and entertainment.

    Mig: David Moyes's Man United team. They certainly entertained me...

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  145. Post update

    Man Utd v QPR (16:00 BST)

    Queens Park Rangers have not kept a clean sheet against Manchester United since September 1992, when they drew 0-0 at Old Trafford in the first ever Premier League meeting, and Harry Redknapp is yet to pick up a point at Old Trafford in 14 previous visits.

    Is now his time?

  146. All change...

    Man Utd v QPR (16:00 BST)

    Manchester United v Everton April 2014

    Much has changed at Old Trafford in the five months since David Moyes departed the scene.

    His final game in charge was a 2-0 defeat at Everton in April, and just four of his XI on that day start this afternoon.

  147. Post update

    Man Utd v QPR (16:00 BST)

    Queens Park Rangers defender Rio Ferdinand on Football Focus

    "Pre-season I was really excited for Man United. They looked really fit, really decisive and the players looked like they had a good understanding of the system. It was almost a complete reversal once the season started.

    "But I think they'll get it right. The manager who is there now gets things right and I have every confidence he will bring good times back to Manchester United, it is just a question of how long.

    "I'm sure they will be looking to start well after the international break but let's hope it takes a bit longer with that. A clean sheet for us at Old Trafford would be nice."

    Ferdinand, 35, made 455 appearances for Manchester United between 2002 and 2014.

  148. Post update

    Man Utd v QPR (16:00 BST)

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Football writer Amy Lawrence: "Daley Blind is such a versatile player, this step up for him from Ajax is interesting. After having had a hard time for some of his early career he now looks like a player who dominates. To dominate from day one in the Premier League would be fascinating."

  149. Post update

    Man Utd v QPR (16:00 BST)

    Rio Ferdinand gets a huge ovation from the Old Trafford faithful as he leads QPR out to warm up, the former United stalwart may face a testing afternoon today.

    Surely this new-look Manchester United team have too much firepower for QPR - don't they?

  150. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    White Lion Radio: Oh dear that Man Utd line-up looks grim, especially at the back. Staggered Falcao is on the bench, not confident at all!

    Wale Ibraheem: LVG is mature enough to realize that this 'three at the back' formation isn't working. Now United can begin winning matches.

    Atticus Montreal: QPR at Old Trafford - and all the excitement of a relegation six-pointer. Who would have thought!

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    Falcao, Van Persie, Rooney, Mata, Di Maria, Januzaj, er, Young...

    With all-out attack on the cards, and not much at the back, this Manchester United team has the potential to be ridiculously entertaining to watch.

    Faustino Asprilla

    But who have been the most entertaining team of the Premier League era? Newcastle's teams of Asprilla, Beardsley, Ginola, Ferdinand, Cole, Shearer, Albert and most importantly Keegan?

    Jurgen Klinsmann

    Ossie Ardiles' Tottenham team of Popescu, Dumitrescu, Anderton, Barmby, Sheringham, Rosenthal and Klinsmann?

    Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira

    Or Arsenal's all-conquering mix of Vieira, Ljungberg, Pires, Bergkamp and Henry?

    United 1999? City 2012? Liverpool last season? Chelsea of Robben, Duff and Drogba? Let us know your favourite side to watch.

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  152. Post update

    Man Utd v QPR (16:00 BST)

    BBC Sport's Simon Stone at Old Trafford: "So, just the two debuts in Man Utd's starting line-up; Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo. That gives the hosts a more solid look, with Angel Di Maria - on his first Old Trafford appearance - and another summer signing, Ander Herrera, providing the midfield guile.

    "With Radamel Falcao unlikely to be spending too much time on the bench, what an important game this is for Juan Mata.

    "He might have cost a club record £37.1m in January but it is Mata whose place appears most at risk from United's plunge into the transfer market.

    "With no Europe or Capital One Cup on offer, how many chances will the former Chelsea man get to stake a claim for a regular place in Louis van Gaal's team?"

  153. Post update

    Man Utd v QPR (16:00 BST)

    Manchester United

    There hasn't been a summer of change like it for 20-odd years at Old Trafford.

    David Moyes' gritty, dour season in charge tanked to such an extent that those in charge at the Theatre of Dreams had no choice but to schedule a huge reboot, with experienced hitmaker Louis van Gaal ushered into the director's seat and a galaxy of leading men signed up to head the billing.

    Out have gone Moyes, Tom Cleverley, Wilfried Zaha, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra, Alex Buttner, Nani, Javier Hernandez, Rio Ferdinand, Bebe, Shinji Kagawa and Danny Welbeck.

    In have come Van Gaal, Ander Herrera, Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo, Angel Di Maria, Daley Blind and Radamel Falcao. The Premier League version of the Avengers.

    Will they get enough screen time? Can an ensemble cast ever work at the highest level?

    We are set to find out.

  154. Rip it up and start again

    Man Utd v QPR (16:00 BST)

    Falcao, Louis van Gaal and Daley Blind

    Manchester United have gone all Hollywood.

    In the last 10 years the big film studios have countered a poor showing from one of their big franchises by simply 'rebooting' it and forgetting the previous film ever existed.

    The last Superman film was a dud? Reboot it. Can't finish a script for Spiderman IV? Reboot it. Someone made a horrible job of the Incredible Hulk? Reboot it.

    As long as you throw enough money and big names at a project, it will bounce back at the box office.

    Manchester United hope so.

    David Moyes had a terrible season? Reboot it.

  155. Post update

    Cheers Mike - Tom Rostance here to take you through what feels like another new start for Manchester United...

  156. Post update

    Nottingham Forest 1-1 Derby

    Championship table

    Forest move a point clear at the top of the Championship tree with Derby out of shot, but in touch. The Rams are 10th on nine points.

  157. Post update

    Nottingham Forest 1-1 Derby

    Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Forest might have had more possession and territory but they didn't make the Derby goalkeeper work enough. They remain unbeaten. Steve McClaren will be happy his team came back into it and managed to hold on with 10 men.

    "From a neutral perspective it was breathtaking, end to end stuff."

  158. Post update

    Man Utd v QPR (16:00 BST)

    BBC Sport's Simon Stone is reporting from Old Trafford, where Manchester United take on Queens Park Rangers this afternoon.

    Manchester United tunnel

    "Through the doors it is a right turn to the dressing rooms. Straight on is the downward slope to the pitch. That is where Louis van Gaal's record £150m summer investment must prove it was money well spent."

  159. FULL-TIME

    Nottingham Forest 1-1 Derby

    Honours even in a blood-and-thunder classic.

  160. Post update

    Nottingham Forest 1-1 Derby

    ...Britt Assombalonga's header! Smothered by Lee Grant!

  161. Post update

    Nottingham Forest 1-1 Derby

    Late corner for Forest and we are inside the last minute of added time...

  162. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Jonathan Guckian: Haven't been this excited for a Man United game in what seems like forever. Time for the rise of the van Gaalacticos!

    Anthony Vaz: Back to four at the back. A welcome return.

    Sahil Oberoi: Compare this starting XI and bench to the previous home game v Swansea. Unreal.

  163. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Manchester United's loanee striker Radamel Falcao has tweeted to followers in his native Colombia, reminding them not to miss what should be his debut at Old Trafford this afternoon.

    So far so good, except the 28-year-old appears to be slightly confused about who he might be facing today.

    "Qeens Park Rogers" anyone? Blame the jet-leg.

  164. Van Gaal on his Gaalacticos

    Louis van Gaal

    Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal on Sky Sports: "We will play with four at the back today, in midfield we play with four and Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney up front.

    "I don't have five defenders fit so it was easier for me to decide the formation. Chris Smalling and Phil Jones are injured so I have to use the players I have available.

    "Falcao has come from Colombia and has jetlag and he has to adapt to the culture and all the new players so I don't think it was right to start with him today."

  165. Eight minutes of stoppage time

    Nottingham Forest 1-1 Derby

    Eight minutes extra to find a winner and Stuart Pearce is not going subtle.

    He ushers on big striker Lars Veldwijk for the siege.

  166. Post update

    Nottingham Forest 1-1 Derby

    Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "The whistle had gone but still Jake Buxton goes and throws himself into a challenge recklessly. He did not give the referee any option. We are getting a hell of a finish to this game. It is absolute bedlam here at the minute, both managers are down in the technical area giving instructions."

  167. Team News

    Man Utd v QPR (16:00 BST)

    QPR hand a debut to deadline-day signing Sandro, while Niko Kranjcar returns for a second spell.

    QPR: Green: Isla, Caulker, Ferdinand, Hill; Sandro, Fer, Kranjcar, Philiips, Hoilett; Austin

  168. RED CARD

    Derby's Jake Buxton

    Derby are going to have to negotiate the final five minutes with ten men as Jake Buxton, who has been walking the tightrope all game, picks up a second yellow.

    Neither side looks happy with a point though.

  169. Post update

    Man Utd v QPR (16:00 BST)

    Louis van Gaal has abandoned his 3-5-2 with a back four of Jonny Evans, Marcos Rojo, Tyler Blackett and Rafael protecting goalkeeper David de Gea.

    Daley Blind will patrol in front of them with Di Maria and Juan Mata forging the bullets for Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie up front.

    Radamel Falcao is on the bench.

  170. Team News

    Man Utd v QPR (16:00 BST)

    Manchester United make four changes to the side which drew 0-0 with Burnley before the international break, as new boys Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind both start. Radamel Falcao and Luke Shaw are on the bench.

    Man Utd XI: De Gea; Evans, Rojo, Blackett Rafael: Herrera, Di Maria, Blind; Mata; Rooney, Van Persie.

  171. Post update

    Nottingham Forest 1-1 Derby

    Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Well kudos to Steve McClaren, he made two positive substitutions after the Forest goal. The delivery on the free-kick was spot on, the initial header comes back out and Leon Best was on hand to scratch it in. That has changed things completely now."

  172. GOAL

    Nottingham Forest 1-1 Derby - Ryan Shotton

    Derby draw level and they probably just about deserve.

    Richard Keogh's thumping header against the bar from Craig Forsyth's rebounds into a melee of legs and limbs, with Ryan Shotton sweeping home from on the deck.

  173. Post update

    Man Utd v QPR (16:00 BST)

    BBC Sport's Simon Stone is reporting from Old Trafford, where Manchester United take on Queens Park Rangers this afternoon.

    Manchester United team bus

    "QPR are here. And with them Rio Ferdinand, who was afforded a warm welcome as fans got the briefest glimpse of the visitors exiting the team bus.

    "And here are United. There were a few grumbles at the parking that obscured their players from view to the majority of the thousand or so awaiting their arrival. Largely though, the reception was positive.

    "At a rough guess, there are twice as many Di Maria shirts as Falcao. But Wayne Rooney is popular, as is Robin van Persie."

  174. Post update

    Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby

    Derby have reacted to falling behind by introducing Liverpool loanee Jordan Ibe and former Atletico Madrid youngster Ivan Calero in place of Craig Bryson and John Eustace.

    They have a little under a quarter of an hour of normal time left to work some magic.

  175. Join the debate on the BBC Sport Facebook page

    Here are a selection of your comments in response to the discussion of Alan Pardew's position as manager of Newcastle United held on MOTD 2 Extra earlier today.

    Scott Speed: The manager's job is to get the best out of the group of players he has at his disposal and it's hard to argue in Alan Pardew's favour right now. I personally felt the effort given by our players yesterday is a sad indictment of the way Pardew has the squad motivated or not as it appears. His days are numbered and I for one would welcome a change in fortunes. That only seems to be attainable through an injection of new management.

    Marc Thornton: Pardew has to go. Over the last two years I have seen some of the most atrocious football at St James' Park at times, including two hammerings off Sunderland. Football has changed since the Kevin Keegan era so I wouldn't expect a new saviour to come in and turn us into Barcelona but I'm quite sure change is needed.

    Chris Pugh: If you're going to sell your best players and not replace them, you're always gonna wind up in trouble... Ashley should think of that before sacking a gaffer.

  176. Post update

    Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby

    Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Britt Assombalonga turned in the box and slammed a shot into the bottom corner. He took it brilliantly. We did say the game was going to get stretched, and that it would be interesting to see which team who reacted best after the break we had. Obviously it has been Nottingham Forest.

    "Derby had been coasting for me and now they have to find an equaliser. That could benefit Forest, they could attack on the break."

  177. GOAL

    Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby - Britt Assombalonga

    The Forest fans erupt. They have been fighting the tide of Derby attacks since the break, but a lovely spin and strike from Britt Assombalonga from 15 yards sets the place rocking.

    Five in six from the record signing now.

  178. Post update

    Nottingham Forest 0-0 Derby

    Play is held up at the City Ground while the stewards make a meal of removing a Derby pitch invader from the playing surface.

    Sadly neither Steve McClaren or Stuart Pearce is up for dishing out a memorial Clougie-style "ear-clipping".

  179. Post update

    Man Utd v QPR (16:00 BST)

    Sir Bobby Charlton

    BBC Sport's Simon Stone is reporting from Old Trafford, where Manchester United take on Queens Park Rangers this afternoon.

    "Fifty years ago, Sir Bobby Charlton was the United superstar. Now Charlton is consigned to a watching brief in his role as a football club director. But even he is here nice and early for what United hope will be the start of something special."

  180. Post update

    Nottingham Forest 0-0 Derby

    Brian Clough Trophy