Van Gaal reveals why he took off Falcao with the scores level

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Radamel Falcao was taken off the pitch just when Manchester United needed him most, but Louis van Gaal has revealed why.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been speaking about taking Radamel Falcao off against Leicester City, just when his side were desperate for goals.

The Colombian international started the match against the Foxes, with his manager trying a formation with the on-loan AS Monaco man, Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Angel di Maria all in the same starting line-up.

It appeared to be working, when United went 3-1 up and van Persie and Di Maria both got on the score-sheet (along with Ander Herrera). But that was as good as it got for United, with Leicester coming back to win 5-3 and condemn the visitors to their third defeat in all competitions this season.

Falcao was substituted in the 72nd minute, with the scores level and both sides desperately seeking a winner. But that was exactly the time when a player like the Colombian was needed on the pitch. Instead, he made way for Adnan Januzaj, and 11 minutes later Leicester were two goals ahead.

Speaking after the match, the United boss revealed why he took off Falcao with the scores level.

The Dutchman said he made the decision “Not because he was bad. He played well. But I have to build (his fitness) up.”

That is no surprise given Falcao was side-lined for much of last season and will take time to reach his peak.

He is not the immediate fix-all solution to United’s problems; he is not even the man to rescue them with a late goal at the moment. But in time, if he can replicate his previous form, there is no reason why he will not be popping up with goals in what used to be called Fergie-time.

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