EXCLUSIVE: Taarabt 'can do a Bailey at Old Trafford'
Published 22:30 07/04/12 By Alex Shaw
QPR hero Dennis Bailey has backed Adel Taarabt to roll back the decades and stun Manchester United – just like he did 20 years ago.
Bailey remains the last player to score a league hat-trick against United at Old Trafford and Sunday’s clash brings the memories flooding back to the QPR hero.
United were stunned 4-1 at Old Trafford on New Year’s Day 1992 and that result set in motion a dreadful run of just eight wins from 20 as Fergie’s men lost the title to bitter rivals Leeds.
And Bailey reckons mercurial Taarabt can put the skids on United’s title charge 20 years on - just like he did as a 26-year-old.
“I still get reminded about the result and it was one of the high points for me,” said Bailey, who plays for his local Church Renewal Christian Centre in Solihull.
“It’s great to be told about it and to be held in such a regard by QPR fans. Can they do it again? The key will be Taarabt.
“He’s a real talent and he showed that every week in the Championship. He has shown it recently too and his goal against Arsenal is what he is all about.
“It can get nervy at this stage of the season and Taarabt can cause them problems as he’s capable of the unexpected.”
Bailey, a born-again Christian, was serenaded with chants of “Dennis Bailey, hallelujah, hallelujah” following his Old Trafford heroics.
And the ex-QPR forward believes Mark Hughes’ men are capable of pulling off an Easter miracle – before going on to establishing themselves in the Premier League.
QPR finished fifth in the first ever Premier League season – a year after their win at Old Trafford on the way to a mid-table finish – and Bailey reckons Hughes can have a similar effect if he keeps them afloat.
“We moved on from that result and finished fifth the next season, with players like Les Ferdinand, Ray Wilkins and Ian Holloway all combining,” he added.
“QPR are fighting relegation but Mark Hughes is building something. They’ve got to be positive today and attack them.”
Djibril Cisse remains suspended for Hughes’ side, but DJ Campbell trained on Friday and is in contention to return, as is Heidar Helguson.