Hughes fighting for job as QPR faces Man United

ROB HARRIS AP Sports Writer Published:

LONDON (AP) -- Unexpectedly, Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Hughes avoided becoming the first coaching casualty of the Premier League season.

Hughes, though, is still expected by many to join former Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo in unemployment unless he can lead his team over former club Manchester United on Saturday.

While United is second in the standings, QPR is at the bottom, winless after 12 matches with four points.

United manager Alex Ferguson says he hopes QPR chairman Tony Fernandes sticks by a pledge to keep Hughes, but adds that clubs can think "if we get a new manager we'll win the next two or three games."