Manchester United supporters were left confused, frustrated and annoyed when Radamel Falcao was hauled off for Ander Herrera during the side’s 1-1 draw with Stoke City.
Whilst it is partially understandable given Falcao has started three games in seven days after coming back from injury, he showed more energy and a will to run in behind than his striker partner.
And fans reacted poorly when the no.9 popped up on the board as Ander Herrera prepared to come on.
Falcao being subbed was poor decision making. RvP contributed nothing to that game.
— Liam (@OffsideLiam) January 1, 2015
Why take Falcao off? Bizarre substitution.
— Stretty News (@StrettyNews) January 1, 2015
Taking Falcao off immediately killed all attacking threat, effort, movement. Stoke given lift seeing him come off.
— Giggs-Boson (@giggs_boson) January 1, 2015
— Rob B. (@_Rob_B) January 1, 2015
But one or two took a more reserved view given the amount of games Falcao has played in such a short space of time since returning from injury.
Falcao played 3 games in a week for the first time since Sep 2013. But you're probably right, what does Van Gaal know about being a coach?
— Scott (@R_o_M) January 1, 2015
I'm not too surprised that Falcao has been taken off. Stoke were being too physical with him. Better safe than sorry.
— Philip Gatt (@philgatt) January 1, 2015
Due to injuries and a smaller squad than the club had when they went to MK Dons in August, Falcao may well be involved in some capacity once again against Yeovil Town on Sunday.