Manchester United News: Falcao ‘Only Fit To Play 20 Minutes’

’He Has To Follow My Philosophy’ – Van Gaal

Radamel Falcao Manchester UnitedManchester United striker Radamel Falcao is only fit enough to play for 20 minutes at a time, claims manager Louis van Gaal.

Falcao is currently on a season-long loan at Old Trafford from French side Monaco and United have the option to make the move permanent for a fee of £43million next summer.

But the Colombia international has been plagued with injuries. He was out of action from January until August with a cruciate knee ligament injury and has since been plagued with a calf injury.

Van Gaal was asked on Sunday if Falcao was happy with his current role in the side.

“I’m not interested,” replied van Gaal. “He has to follow my philosophy. Do you understand that? Yeah, I’m here because of that.”

The Dutchman added: “A bigger contribution is to play in the second team for 45 or 60 minutes or even 90 minutes.”

However, injury problems to other players in the squad meant that the option of playing for the second-string has been limited.

“I couldn’t do that because I needed him when Rooney was injured [for last Tuesday’s match with Stoke] and Wilson was injured [against Hull last weekend].

“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.”

Falcao has played in just seven games for United and has scored once for the club in 283 minutes of action.

Van Gaal’s comments are certain to cast some doubts on United’s willingness to make Falcao’s loan move permanent. The club have already paid out £6million in a loan fee to Monaco.

Recent reports have claimed that United have given Falcao until the beginning of April to convince them he is worth the steep investment to make the move permanent.

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