The 29-year-old forward was left out of the Red Devils side that lost 2-1 to Arsenal in the FA Cup quarter-final at Old Trafford last Monday.
The South American played with the club’s Under-21 side against Tottenham earlier this week, sparking criticism of manager Van Gaal.
Former Colombia boss Maturana doesn’t see any issue with Van Gaal dropping the striker, adding that Falcao doesn’t merit a place in the starting line-up.
“I would do the same thing Van Gaal has with Falcao. They need to put out on the pitch the best team possible and if Falcao isn’t at his best, it’s better to play with other strikers,” Maturana told GOAL.
“It’s difficult for a coach to have a new injured player in the team, besides he has two great strikers in [Wayne] Rooney and [Robin] Van Persie. As coach, I would not be able to say to them that they can’t play just to give the chance to the other new player.
“Van Gaal is a responsible coach. If Falcao is not ready to play, he should not play, despite the fact it hurts the Colombian hearts.”
The 29-year-old arrived at Old Trafford on loan from Monaco last summer with a reputation as one of Europe’s top strikers.
However, he has only managed to score four goals in the Premier League and has not found the net since the 3-1 win over Leicester back in January.
United have the option to make Falcao’s loan move permanent at the end of the season.
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