Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has once again cooled down speculation regarding the permanent signing of Radamel Falcao after he was left out of the match day squad against Southampton, Daily Mail reports.
The omission of the 28-year-old raised a number of questions regarding United’s selection after they failed to register a single shot on target in their 1-0 home defeat to the Saints.
Even Ronald Koeman was surprised that the likes of Falcao wasn’t included in the match as he guided his side to their first victory at Old Trafford in 27 years.
“I was surprised but I don’t know the reason,” said Koeman. “If he is injured, it is normal. Maybe it is a good question to Mr Van Gaal.”
The Red Devils manager later revealed his decision on leave the Columbian striker out of his selection, but insisted that he will once again be in contention for a spot in their next match.
“Falcao isn’t injured he’s just not selected in the squad.
“It’s much more difficult selecting a side but that’s the task of the manager and I have a staff who advise me as well.
“We have now a lot of players who are coming back and he has played the last few matches in a row. Then I have to compare players with each other.
“Now he is out of the 18 but that is this moment. Next week is another moment.
“When you see the composition of my bench I don’t have (room) for a second striker.”
It is now unsure whether the club will spend the £43.2million in order to make a permanent move for the attacker as it is believed that Van Gaal still has doubts over his fitness.