Radamel Falcao named in BBC Team of the Week

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BBC pundit Garth Crooks has come in for a bit of flack already this season for his Team of the Week selections and this week is no different.

Despite match-winning performances from the likes of Olivier Giroud, Dwight Gayle and Bojan Krkic, Crooks decided to go with Radamel Falcao in his Team of the Week.

The Manchester United forward had a solid game but it's slightly confusing to see the Colombian selected ahead of Gayle, we scored two hugely vital goals in a relegation six-pointer at Burnley or Olivier Giroud, whose hold-up play and second half goal was crucial to Arsenal's 2-0 win at the Etihad Stadium.

Here's what Crooks had to say about Falcao's performance in Manchester United's 2-0 win over Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road this weekend.

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

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Unfortunately, Falcao didn't get on the scoresheet at all and to be fair to Robert Green, his exact job description is to stop players from scoring hat-tricks.

The Colombian was a nuisance all afternoon for United, and did more than enough to keep his place at the expense of Robin van Persie, who was left out of the United squad with an ankle injury.

But it's debatable whether a 'hard-working' performance is enough to get yourself in the Team of the Week, especially when you consider the alternatives.

As for the rest of the selections, there was reward for Tottenham's match-winner Christian Eriksen while David De Gea's clean sheet saw him take the number one jersey.

Filipe Luis deputised ably for the injured Cesar Azpilicueta, highlighting Chelsea's enviable strength in depth while Oscar and Diego Costa were the attacking stars in the Blues 5-0 triumph at the Liberty Stadium.

Here's the Garth Crooks Team of the Week in full...

David De Gea, Antonio Valencia, Jan Vertonghen, Per Mertesacker, Filipe Luis, Christian Eriksen, Oscar, Santi Cazorla, Jason Puncheon, Diego Costa, Radamel Falcao

And you can read the full reasons behind Crooks's selections on the BBC website.

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