Van Gaal: Falcao has to prove himself

by Richard Laverty

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal wants Radamel Falcao to ‘prove himself’ at Old Trafford ahead of a decision over his future at the club.

Falcao joined United on loan in September but has only scored three goals amid various fitness issues and the clock is ticking ever closer to a time where van Gaal will have to decide whether or not to spent over £43.2m on the striker.

Falcao appears happy at the club despite being left out of the squad altogether against Southampton last week but several journalists believe he won’t stay at the club on a permanent basis.

Whilst supporters have really taken to ‘El Tigre’ during his time at Old Trafford, Van Gaal wants the striker to prove himself at the club.

“If a player costs £95 million or £5,000 it doesn’t make any difference. You have to prove yourself,” said van Gaal at his pre-match press conference.

“He has to prove himself, that we have agreed. We have made this deal and everything is clear and it is not the end of the year [the duration of his loan spell] so he has the chance for that.

“For the manager it is the quality of the training sessions, the quality in his performances and matches and he has to compare [favourably].

“A player of £95m has to prove himself also. Maybe he has less motivation so I have to be like that.”

The 29-year-old could have a chance to prove himself on Saturday as Robin van Persie will likely be missing with an ankle injury.

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