Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has defended the form of Radamel Falcao and believes his team mates have to be in top form in order to help the striker.
Whilst the Colombian scored some fine individual goals in his time at clubs such as Porto and Atletico Madrid, Falcao has looked more like a poacher in his time at Old Trafford, getting on the end of Ashley Young‘s cross against Aston Villa a prime example.
The 28-year-old’s movement has been exceptional and supporters will feel it is only a matter of time before Falcao starts scoring regularly if his team mates start to find his runs.
His first club goal against Everton showed his instinct in front of goal and van Gaal believes his team mates need to continue creating chances for the striker.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference, the boss said: “Falcao is also dependable on his team mates. He can be in great form but the team must be in great form.”
Falcao had to rely on cameo appearances off the bench before starting against Aston Villa, a game where the team didn’t quite click and if the attackers play as they did against Hull City and Stoke in November, Falcao will surely benefit from the chances created.
Against Villa, the team as a whole struggled to create good chances for the strikers but a return to Old Trafford against an injury-ridden Newcastle is the perfect opportunity to return to form.