Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao is prepared to fight for his place in Louis van Gaal’s starting XI following a number of weeks spent on the substitute’s bench.
Falcao arrived at Man United on loan from Monaco last summer but has failed to live up to expectations during a troubled spell at the club.
The Colombian has spent large periods of 2015 on the substitute’s bench and was made to play for the U21s in March.
Despite the setbacks, Falcao is not getting downhearted by the situation and instead expressed a desire to regain his place in the team.
Speaking about his future, Falcao said: “Every football player wants to play, that’s very normal, but I respect the manager and the decisions he makes.
“I keep working hard in training, learning every day how to play in different systems, in different styles of football.
“Manchester United is a great club, I am very happy to be here and because of this I am happy to be patient.”
Falcao’s performances have not been up to scratch this term but his attitude on and off the pitch has been first-class.
It is frustrating for fans to see him do poorly at United as his personality makes him such a like-able figure but given that he would reportedly cost another £43m to be signed permanently, he simply hasn’t done enough so far.
Van Gaal will not include him in his starting XI on sentiment alone and Falcao has done little to convince the Dutchman that he warrants a regular spot in the team. The 29-year-old may get some substitute appearances between now and the end of the season but it is unlikely fans will see him complete the full 90 minutes for United any time soon.