Van Gaal and Wilson praise Falcao

by Richard Laverty

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has praised Radamel Falcao for his performance against Queens Park Rangers despite wasting several chances to get on the score sheet.

Falcao was thwarted twice by QPR goalkeeper Robert Green either side of first half before having a tap in cruelly taken away from him by defender Steven Caulker as the game became stretched late on.

But despite drawing a blank, it was potentially Falcao’s best all round performance for the club. His movement was excellent as ever, his hold up play was good and the fans were pleased with ‘El Tigre’s’ performance at Loftus Road.

And despite dropping him for the defeat to Southampton last weekend, van Gaal had nothing but praise for the 29-year-old’s performance against QPR.

“It is not so important what I find, I think, because he wants to score goals,” the Dutchman explained in his post-match press conference.

“For me, I have to judge how he has played and scoring goals is an important aspect of a striker, I know.

“But for me it is also important if he is an attacking point and that he can play further with a striker; that we are coming in the third or fourth phase of our attack and he did it well.”

James Wilson came off the bench and two of his crosses narrowly evaded Falcao before the 19-year-old himself settled with the game with a 94th minute goal.

And the striker believes he is benefiting from playing with such an experienced, proven striker and admitted his team-mate might have scored if his passing was slightly improved on Saturday.

“I can learn a lot from him in training,” Wilson told MUTV after the match. “It was maybe not his day today, but maybe a few of my crosses could have set him up a bit better. But yeah, it’s great to play alongside him and learn off him, it’s great for me.”

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