ARMAND Traore is lucky to be at QPR after his disastrous first game against Manchester United this season, according to his manager.
The left-back (pic) was pencilled in for the game at Wigan back in August, but at the last minute was recalled by Arsenal and became a victim of the 8-2 trouncing at Old Trafford instead.
Traore signed for Rangers anyway, and has a chance to redress matters at Loftus Road on Sunday when United are the midday visitors.
Boss Neil Warnock reckoned he should have been paid by Arsenal to take the Senegalese defender off their hands following the hammering.
He said: “I was going to sign Armand on the Friday – but Arsenal wanted him to play because they were really short even though we thought he was going to play for us.
“I rang Dick Law (Arsenal transfers executive) and said ‘you’ll be paying me £2million for him after that game’.
“He said: ‘No, no, it’s still the same arrangement.’
“Did I think Armand was bad on that day at Old Trafford? He was just the same as everyone else. But I did tell him when he arrived he was a lucky man to come.”
In more serious vein, Warnock reckons United are the ‘glitz’ of the Premiership, and that Wayne Rooney would be on his fantasy Christmas list – if ever the England striker were to ever become available.
“Wayne Rooney would be the best English player I could have. I think he would take his coat off and play in the park – because he wants to play. He may have made disciplinary mistakes in the past, but he’s the complete player,” added the manager.