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Yorke criticises Falcao and Van Persie

by Ben Topliss

Former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke has criticised Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao for their poor first half showing in the club’s 1-1 draw against West Ham United on Sunday.

The duo failed to work together as a partnership during a disappointing first 45 minutes from United, leading to Yorke’s remarks.

Speaking about van Persie and Falcao at half time on Sky Sports, Yorke said: “I have not seen the ball fizzed around. The movement [up front] is lackadaisical.

“At the other end, [Diafra] Sakho and [Enner] Valencia are moving the United defence around, but they [Man United] are stagnant and this is not the United way.

“We like to see movement and space created for other players to get into. They [Falcao and Van Persie] are easy to play against.”

Falcao later missed a great chance to level things up for the Red Devils after Cheikhou Kouyate had opened the scoring for West Ham early in the second half. Daley Blind eventually spared the Colombian’s blushes as he scored late on to rescue a point for Louis van Gaal’s side.

Yorke knows all about playing in a successful partnership for United after famously developing a lethal understanding with Andy Cole during their time at the club.

The problem for van Gaal is that Falcao and van Persie are too similar. Both players made similar runs against West Ham and they often got in each other’s way.

It appears the experienced Dutch manager will have to choose one or the other if United are to prosper this season.

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