Louis van Gaal denies humiliating Radamel Falcao

by Ben Topliss

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal doesn’t believe he humiliated Radamel Falcao after making him play with the club’s U21s on Tuesday night.

Falcao was once considered one of the world’s best strikers at Porto and Atletico Madrid but he was asked to play with Man United’s U21s against Tottenham Hotspur this week.

Reports have suggested the Colombian was shocked at the decision and is resigned to leaving United when his loan spell from Monaco ends in the summer but van Gaal dismissed any notion of this.

Speaking about his decision, van Gaal said: ”I have read it was a humiliation. I do not think so.

“It is a professional attitude of the manager, the management, also the club and especially from the player. It’s not only Falcao, Valdes and Rafael have also played. He has not reacted how the media say he has reacted.”

Falcao may well be upset about the decision but he hasn’t done much to warrant a regular place in United’s first-team.

With the U21s, van Gaal has asked the likes of Herrera, Carrick, Valdes and Rafael all to play with the U21s at various points this season as well, so Falcao is not alone in that regard.

Wayne Rooney has taken his place up front after a number of weeks in midfield and the United captain has looked far better in the position. The Englishman scored a clinical goal against Arsenal on Monday, although he couldn’t stop the team losing 2-1 on the night.

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