Radamel Falcao was again unable to find his scoring form as Manchester United secured a 2-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.
After being omitted from Louis van Gaal's match-day squad for last weekend’s 1-0 defeat to Southampton, the 28-year-old was handed a return to the starting line-up at Loftus Road.
He was accountable for missing three glorious chances throughout the 90 minutes, and despite hitting the target from each attempt, in truth, he should really have done a lot more to challenge Rob Green.
In the first half he squandered a glorious opportunity to open the scoring, smashing straight at the Rangers goalkeeper, before seeing his rebound thwarted, too.
He then placed a header from six yards too close to Green, before somehow missing the ball in the six-yard box as an open goal flashed before him.
As part of van Gaal's favoured 3-5-2 system, he struggled to make any real impact. The Colombian's movement in the final third is second-to-none, but the Red Devils' pedestrian build-up play is proving an extreme hindrance.
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Falcao found himself dispossessed on two occasions, while his touch let him down twice. He also failed to craft a key pass for his side, which is no real surprise, considering his teammates lack of movement in the final third.
His produced a few positive moments; namely the four fouls he was able to coerce his opponents into conceding; while he was able to complete one take on. He also found success in an impressive four aerial duels, more than any other player; another string the Monaco-loanee has to his bow.
Falcao has the look of a man who is playing for a permanent move, and his work-ethic will certainly please the Old Trafford faithful. The Colombian was at least able to show his sharpness in the box, and on another day he may have had a hat-trick.
As it stands, he is a long way off a £43million long-term switch to Old Trafford in the summer, yet a few goals in the coming weeks could do a lot to change that.