Louis van Gaal substituted Radamel Falcao to change Manchester United’s shape

by Sam Peoples

Louis van Gaal has explained a change in formation for Manchester United was behind his decision to take off Radamel Falcao against Preston.

The Colombian striker had another muted performance but looked visibly confused and disappointed when he realised he was being taken off but instead of focusing on Falcao

When asked how about Falcao and how important Ashley Young‘s substitution was, van Gaal explained: “That was because I changed the shape with bringing Young on [taking Falcao off].

“He [Young] did well, I think, but I think the whole team did well because they believed also that we could do it with this shape.

“As a trainer-coach you can change the system but your players have to believe and perform in it and that’s not so easy but they did it and not for the first time and that’s fantastic.”

Van Gaal’s decision to make that substitution was vindicated by Man United’s improved performance with the new shape and Falcao can have no qualms as to whether he should have stayed on or not.

It’s been an underwhelming season so far for Falcao and with the end of the season fast approaching, he is quickly running out of time to prove he is worth signing on a permanent basis.

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