Date:17th January 2015 at 5:35am
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Could the striker be set to start?

Louis Van Gaal seemed to get slightly annoyed when asked why he’d left Radamel Falcao out of the squad for the recent Southampton defeat. While it’s obvious the manager isn’t one to bow to media pressure, he is a pragmatist and with doubts over Robin Van Persie’s fitness there’s a strong chance the Colombian striker could be handed a start at Loftus Road.

Fans may be sick of the sight of the 3-5-2 formation but that doesn’t mean Van Gaal will suddenly see sense and switch from it to a more conventional one, after all in his recent press conference the manager showed no signs of ditching his favoured system. United cannot afford to keep dropping away points and despite QPR’s strong home record if the Reds fail to win at Loftus Road, serious questions will be asked about the team, the manager and his ‘philosophy.’

Here’s how the Reds could line up today:

3-5-2: David De Gea, Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw, Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini, Angel Di Maria, Antonio Valencia, Wayne Rooney, Radamel Falcao.