Manchester United's Radamel Falcao makes BBC Team of the Week

Manchester United's Radamel Falcao drew a perhaps surprising level of praise for his display at the weekend.

Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao may not have scored at the weekend, but his performance was not ignored.

The recalled forward helped United to a 2-0 away win over QPR, with goals coming from Marouane Fellaini and James Wilson.

BBC pundit Garth Crooks named the attacker in his team of the week, alongside other star performers like Arsenal's Santi Cazorla and Chelsea's Diego Costa.

He told the BBC: "I don't know what Louis van Gaal said to Falcao last week, having left the Colombian out of the game against Southampton, but based on what I saw against QPR at Loftus Road Manchester United must keep this striker at the club.

"His work rate was phenomenal and it was only Robert Green who denied the player a hat-trick," he added.

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

Falcao hit the target with all three efforts, but will rue not being able to convert any of them. He has three goals to his name this season, and will want to reach double figures as quickly as possible and move on from there.

All the debate over his future, uncertainty and pressure can't be making life easy for him, but his substantial wage packed should see any sympathy ease.

The striker needs confidence though, and if Crooks' words, or similar from others, are communicated to him then it could make an important difference in getting him up to speed to the expectations United and their fans had of him when they signed him on back back on deadline day.

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