Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has confirmed in his weekly interview with MUTV that he and Colombian striker Radamel Falcao have spoken about the player being dropped last weekend in the 1-0 defeat to Southampton at Old Trafford. Many were shocked when the team news was announced last Sunday, and even more shocked with the result and the fact United failed to registers a shot on target. The Dutchman has declined to reveal his plans for the trip to Queens Park Rangers, but we won’t have to wait long to hear the team news, which will be available from 14:00 GMT on Saturday.
Falcao has been prolific during his playing career, scoring 200 goals in 305 appearances before he completed his loan move to Manchester United on transfer deadline day, back in September. So far this season, the Colombian has had some minor injuries, which have kept him out for periods of time, and in thirteen appearances, he has scored three goals and assisted a further three, which is not so prolific. Falcao has played in the last six matches, starting the last five, which were all played in a three-week period, many during the busy Christmas period.
The Colombian may not have found his previous form as yet, and with many saying he needs to be given a run of matches, which should help him find that form, which so far seems to be missing. There are no doubts that Falcao is a talented player, because he is, but he really needs to find that form, this is something that will either make of break his future at the Theatre of Dreams, as he did sate when he signed that he wanted to create history for the club. Louis van Gaal spoke to MUTV, which was reported by the official Manchester United website, saying:
“I have spoken to him but I always speak with the players, I am a good communicator, so that is not a big exception.
“But of course he was not in the squad, so then you talk more with this kind of player because for them it is a big disappointment.
“I wanted to explain what he has to do in the future and that I have done.”
MUTV’s Stewart Gardner, whilst interviewing the Manchester United manager, asked whether Falcao would be included in the squad that travels to London to face Queens Park Rangers on Saturday. In the typical style of the Dutchman, who does not give anything away, Van Gaal replied by saying:
“You will have to wait and see, like every journalist.”
I do like the fact the manager gives nothing away. It keeps everyone guessing, similar to the way Sir Alex Ferguson was when he was in charge of the club. The media are guessing as to who United are targeting in the transfer window, with the same names coming up all the time, but with no confirmation from the manager as to whether they will be making moves in this transfer window or not. The manager did state in Friday’s press conference that he did not think the club would be very active, which again leave the median the clubs supporters second guessing as to what is really going on, which is a good thing as it allows the club to get their business done without the intervention of the media, which would happen in an ideal world, but leaks do take place, just not that many since the Dutchman took over the reigns of the club.