Where did it all go wrong for Radamel Falcao against QPR?

Radamel Falcao

Manchester United's Radamel Falcao struggled as his side overcame QPR, but where did it all go wrong for the highly-rated centre-forward?

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. 

  Total ShotsShot Accuracy (%)GoalsKey PassesPass Accuracy (%)DribblesAerial Duels WonDispossessedMinutes Played
Falcao 3 100 0 0 67 1 4 2 90

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.

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