Man United manager bemoans striker’s lack of progress from injury

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is frustrated with summer signing Radamel Falcao’s lack of progress over his knee niggling knee injury, Daily Mail reports.

The striker arrived from Monaco on transfer deadline day but has only featured in five matches for the Red Devils, irritating the club hierarchy and his boss.

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Falcao missed the World Cup for Columbia due to his knee injuries, but now has a calf problem which has kept him benched for the past six weeks.

Prompted whether the former Porto star is frustrated with his lack of playing time, Van Gaal replied: “I’m not interested. He has to follow my philosophy. Do you understand that? Yeah, I’m here because of that.”

The former Netherlands manager preferred to use youngster James Wilson after the injury to Wayne Rooney rather than risk Falcao, as well as indicating he wanted to use the Colombian in a 90 minute reserve game rather than have him on the bench.

“A bigger contribution is to play in the second team for 45 or 60 minutes or even 90 minutes,” said Van Gaal.

“But I couldn’t do that because I needed him when Rooney was injured (for Stoke) and Wilson was injured (for Hull).

“I selected him in spite of the fact he can only play 20 minutes at this level because the rhythm of the game in the Premier League is the highest.”


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