Manchester United morning news: LvG backs Falcao, Ferdinand backed to keep him quiet

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A round up of news stories this morning about Manchester United.

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has eased concerns over the fitness of Radamel Falcao.

Falcao’s recent knee problems have created anxiety around his move to United from Monaco on loan, with suggestions he could suffer physically and mentally.

“Today in training he got one ball and it was in the goal so he confirmed (his readiness) in his first training session with me, but, when I say this, I put too much pressure on him and that’s not good,” said the boss.

QPR boss Harry Redknapp has backed former United defender Rio Ferdinand to be able to hand Falcao.

QPR are the visitors to Old Trafford this weekend where Ferdinand is likely to line up in the middle of Redknapp’s defence.

“Rio will not be fazed by it at all. It will be an emotional day for him of course – but he is still one of the best defenders in Europe,” said Redknapp.

Midfielder Tom Cleverley says he’s happy to have left Manchester United.

The England international has joined Aston Villa on a loan deal after failing to convince Louis van Gaal that he should be in the first team at Old Trafford.

“I am happy to get away from some of the negativity. Whenever you are not winning trophies at Man United the players are going to get some stick,” he said.

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