Falcao and van Gaal look to have a frosty relationship, and the Colombian striker has told Futbol Red that there is a difficulty behind the duo’s relationship.
Falcao said: “The personal relationship with him is difficult to explain, each coach has a different way to handle a group and there are cultures, ways of thinking and philosophies.
“He has to make decisions like any other coach, regardless of whether they are favourable or not. I try to behave properly and be professional at all times.”
This appears to be a very dignified response from the Colombian superstar, who has been afforded few playing chances by the Dutch coach this term. He seems to accept that van Gaal has to make decisions which may not favour himself, knowing that the team always comes first.
Having played little for the Red Devils this term - Falcao has 23 appearances across all competitions - one would expect him to be disappointed with his situation at the treatment aimed at him from van Gaal. However, his mentality to playing the game is to always give his all, and that is the kind of player needed in a title challenging squad. With Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie ahead of him in the pecking order, Falcao has had to wait for his chance, and it could be said that van Gaal's unwillingness to consistently pick him has been a reason for his poor form.
Any player who is willing to sit out many games and still fight for the team when selected is a valuable commodity, and the begrudging respect Falcao seems to show for van Gaal should make United seriously consider splashing the cash to activate the right to purchase clause located in his ongoing loan deal.