Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has hinted that he would have no qualms playing Radamel Falcao in the reserves despite his reputation.
The Colombian international returned to first-team action as a second-half substitute against Hull City, but as he builds up his fitness there could be a surprise outing for him in United’s second-string.
In quotes published by the Sunday People, van Gaal said, “You have to have professional league fitness. You have to be fit.
“That’s why players have to play in the second team, even players like Falcao, in spite of his name.
“Fitness is the most important thing. First you have to show your fitness. Not just for one day but for several weeks.”
Van Gaal began by talking about United midfielder Anderson, but it was interesting that he moved on to Falcao who has struggled for fitness since arriving on loan from AS Monaco on transfer deadline day.
The 28-year-old forward has made just six appearances for United to date, scoring once in that time. But if he can rediscover his best form he could still become a vital part of van Gaal’s side, even if that does mean a run-out or two in the reserves to hone his fitness.