Colombian press: Louis van Gaal has 'personal problems' with Falcao

Radamel Falcao

Radamel Falcao has made just eight appearances for Manchester United this season.

The Colombian striker was set for a great season following the completion of his loan move to the Red Devils, although things have yet to work out for him.

Largely due to injury and fitness problems, the 28-year-old has managed to make just eight appearances since transferring to Old Trafford over the summer, and he has just three starts to his name. His low tally of game minutes has brought a return of just one goal, and he was once again left on the bench for United’s 3-0 victory over Liverpool on Sunday.

Kept out of the starting XI by youngster James Wilson, the former Atletico Madrid man turned out for just 12 minutes, and he once again looked off the pace, as his lack of match fitness caught up with him.

For such a big game as that with Liverpool, it was a bold move for head coach Louis van Gaal to name Wilson as his starting striker, and the 19-year-old did little to reward his inclusion. Although there is no guessing that Falcao would have done a better job than the youngster, it seems strange to suggest that the Colombian international was less deserving of a place in the first-team than Wilson, and being left out seemed to be the final straw for the press in his homeland.

As reported by Pulzo, many greats of Colombian football feel as if van Gaal has personal issues with the forward that are continually seeing him out of the starting XI. For a coach who is known to be fairly arrogant such as van Gaal, it is not a surprise to see him hold by his own opinion rather than cave into player reputation, but it could cost United in the long-term, should the forward wish to return to Monaco rather than turning his loan deal into a permanent switch.

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