Fabio helped Harry Redknapp’s QPR side record an invaluable 3-1 win over Sunderland in the Barclays Premier League, resulting in the Betfair Premier League odds of them staying up being cut.
That victory, a second in as many games, hands the Rs a fighting chance of survival and Reserves manager Warren Joyce hopes Fabio can impress further throughout the remainder of the campaign.
“Fabio has established himself in the team at QPR now and looks up for a huge fight and the big test there,” Joyce told United Review. “I just hope Fabio has a run of games.
“His brother Rafael has done fantastically well this year but there’s not a lot between them. You could argue who is the best player but Fabio just needs a run of games to prove that. Hopefully, he will get that during the run-in and it will stand him in good stead when he gets back to United.”
New boy Wilfried Zaha apologised for a gesture made towards Leeds fans after he was taunted about his impending transfer to United during Crystal Palace’s 2-2 draw at Selhurst Park in the Championship.
The 20-year-old took to the social networking site Twitter to say sorry for his actions, writing: “I want to apologise for the gesture I did towards the Leeds fans in yesterday’s game. Very unprofessional from me.” The apology did not get him out of much trouble, though, as he was subsequently charged by the FA on Tuesday.
Michael Keane played the full 90 for Leicester City in their 1-0 loss to Sheffield Wednesday at the King Power Stadium. Defeat dented Leicester’s automatic promotsion hopes. Keane played on Tuesday night as Leicester were held 1-1 by Cardiff City. The Foxes’ goal came from Keane as the defender struck with a close-range header it looked as though Cardiff were slipping to their third defeat in five games with 18 minutes to go. However, an injury-time Rudy Gestede header ensured the spoils were shared. Keane was booked late on for a foul on ex-Red Frazier Campbell.
Ryan Tunnicliffe endured a day to forget as Barnsley were thrashed 5-0 by Manchester City in the FA Cup. The Reds midfielder saw a Carlos Tevez hat-trick and was yellow carded but almost scored when a late effort was denied by Costel Pantilimon. He was an unused substitute on Tuesday as the Tykes won 2-1 at home to Brighton.
There was an opportunity for United teammates to face each other at the weekend as Peterborough took on Ipswich at London Road, but disappointingly, neither Davide Petrucci, Scott Wootton or Reece Brown. were involved in the goalless draw. Wootton and Petrucci were also left out of the squad that drew 1-1 with Leeds on Tuesday.
Over at Antwerp, Luke Giverin played in his side’s 2-0 win over Sint-Niklaas in the Second Division. In Portugal, Bebe started for Rio Ave in their 1-1 draw with Nacional, playing for 63 minutes before being exiting for Alex Rodriguez. Meanwhile, Kiko Macheda made a second half cameo as Stuttgart lost 1-0 to Hamburger SV in the Bundesliga, making his fifth appearance since joining the club in January.
John Cofie was an unused substitute as Notts County drew 0-0 at Crawley Town in League One and was not in the squad last night as County slipped to a 1-0 defeat to Preston. Angelo Henriquez was also left on the bench in Wigan’s shock 3-0 win over Everton in the FA Cup.
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