Paul Merson labels Van Gaal decision an absolute joke, predicts Manchester United will only draw

Radamel Falcao

Former Arsenal star Paul Merson believes Manchester United should not have dropped Falcao against Southampton.

Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson has criticised Manchester United dropping Radamel Falcao, in comments made to SkySports.

The pundit believes it was a mistake to axe the Colombian against Southampton last weekend, and predicts a fourth successive league game without a win when they travel to QPR, calling a 1-1 draw.

He said: "I don’t think United have been that good to be honest, they keep on disappointing me. They went on that run, but they weren’t impressive. It’s a bit late to be playing Radamel Falcao now – I think the horse has bolted, he should’ve been involved against Southampton. It’s an absolute joke.

"I think Louis Van Gaal was trying to show him who was boss but it’s backfired. I really think QPR might get something out of this."

It's easy to be wise after the event of course, with United losing 1-0 against the Saints, in a performance which was reminiscent of David Moyes' Manchester United.

All eyes will be on Radamel Falcao's potential involvement or lack of against QPR, with the striker starting five games in a row previously before being dropped from the matchday squad against Southampton.

After a strong run in late November and early December, United have gained only two points from a possible nine in their last three Premier League games, and slipped to fourth in the table.

Their away record is the eighth best in the division, while QPR's home record is the eight best in the league, picking up all 19 of their points at Loftus Road, failing to win a single one on their travels.

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