We must admit to being surprised at how quickly this one has escalated. It came as quite a shock that Louis van Gaal left Radamel Falcao out of his squad for the game against Southampton at the weekend.
When things like this happen to high-profile players at Manchester United, you do feel there is more than just a selection issue at stake.
And Falcao doesn’t seem at all happy. Manchester United paid huge amounts of money in fees and wages to bring him in in the summer and obviously had great trust in him then. But that confidence seems to have waned and the player gave a terrible performance against Yeovil in the FA Cup – but he wasn’t alone there.
We think that Louis van Gaal is a brilliant coach but he is obviously a man with a big ego. He will clash with players because he is so single-minded in his approach. But so did Sir Alex.
And Falcao’s fellow countryman Faustino Asprilla reckons the lad could be off this summer. Asprilla, of ex-Premier League fame, is quoted a saying:
‘If Van Gaal continues he will leave,’ Asprilla told IB Times UK. ‘I think it is a relationship that has already been broken. Falcao understands that the coach does not want him.
We still think that this one is reparable. Manchester United could certainly use Falcao in full flight. He hasn’t been able to find that top form yet but he can ignite the second half of the season for Manchester United if he knuckles down and gets a couple of chances
We are yet to discover precisely how serious the injury is to Dutchman Robin van Persie’s ankle. But if he is out for a couple of weeks this could be the last chance saloon for Falcao to impress his skill upon LvG and the Manchester United team. We think that Falcao needs to play up top on his own to get the best form him.
United fans: keep Falcao at all costs?