Radamel Falcao needs to prove himself, says Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal
London, Jan 16: English football club Manchester United's coach Louis van Gaal has said out-of-favour Colombian striker Radamel Falcao needs to prove himself at the club.
"He has to prove himself. We have made a deal and everything is clear. It's not the end of the year so he has a chance," Van Gaal was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail on Friday.
The Dutch coach also revealed that Falcao's heavy wages did not guarantee him a place in the side. He also refused to reveal whether the Colombian would return to the squad at an English Premier League game against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.
“If a player cost 95 million pounds or 5,000 pounds it's not any different for me. You have to prove yourself. You'll have to wait and see, when I say that a part of my line-up is known and I make it easy for my opponent,” he added.
Falcao is believed to be paid 40,000 pounds per day and has scored only thrice this season. Van Gaal also believes that comments by Falcao’s agent, Jorge Mendes earlier this week on his future were unhelpful.
Mendes had said, “The truth is, right now we don’t know what will happen. What we do know is that he will play in one of the very best clubs in the world next season, whether that is Manchester United or not.”
When asked about his comments, the Manchester United manager said, “It doesn’t interest me. I think it is the obligation of the manager that you observe, analyse your selection, that you make a game plan, that you communicate with your players, then you make a decision that the players understand but that is not so easy. Now you are only talking about Falcao but do you think about Januzaj? Lindegaard?”