Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has revealed that he spoke to Radamel Falcao about his lack of goals in recent weeks.
The Colombia international striker broke his United duck only on Sunday when he found the target against Everton from close range.
Angel di Maria’s apparent mis-hit saw the 28-year-old get the ball, and he made no mistake in tucking it away from close range.
That was in the 62nd minute of the Premier League match at Old Trafford and proved to be the winning goal, as the Red Devils went on to clinch the contest 2-1.
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Prior to this encounter, Falcao had struggled to score despite getting into good position and hitting the frame of the opposition’s goal once.
Van Gaal has now revealed what he told the former Atletico Madrid star before Sunday’s match.
‘Yes, he needed that goal’, the Dutchman told MUTV. ‘I talked with him and I told him that he was forcing himself too much to score.
‘He is a player who scores in every match, but now he has waited to score. Now he has [got his goal], it will be better after the international break’.
Falcao expressed his relief at breaking his duck and said: ‘All strikers need goals, and for me there was a little bit of relief to score my first goal.
‘I hope to score many in the future. It was amazing that my first goal was at Old Trafford, I enjoyed it with all the fans and I want to say thank you to God, my teammates, all the staff and the coaches’.
Falcao is one of the world’s deadliest strikers and him scoring on Sunday is a sign of things to come.