Louis van Gaal believes the tricky act of providing balance for Manchester United has contributed to Radamel Falcao’s slow start at Old Trafford.
Falcao has scored and assisted goals already at United but is yet to influence the game as much as fans hoped he would because he is still some way off full fitness.
That being said, Van Gaal isn’t getting too flustered about the situation: “The problem for Falcao is because of balance in the game,” he said this afternoon.
“I had to change, he came in and assisted a goal. Then in training he was injured. I cannot judge now because he is injured and I changed him not because of his performance but because of the balance of the team, which is much more important than the individual.”
The major concern about Falcao has always been to do with his fitness and the fact he has been sidelined for three games after suffering a ‘minor’ knock in training either suggests his recovery times are very slow or that something potentially more serious is being kept behind closed doors.
United made a smart move by signing Falcao on loan so there is no obligation to sign him once the deal has finished but if the Colombian is not able to get more towards his best form by the end of the year, there will certainly be some genuine concern over his long term prospects at the club.