Van Gaal delivers latest Man United injury update ahead of Saints clash
Louis van Gaal reveals Radamel Falcao is only capable of playing for 20 minutes
Louis van Gaal says Radamel Falcao is still lacking match fitness ahead of Manchester United’s clash against Southampton on Monday.
The Red Devils striker hasn’t started a game since their 2-1 victory over Everton at Old Trafford in early October.
And United manager Van Gaal revealed that the Colombia international is only able to manage 20 minutes per game at the moment.
“Falcao needs match fitness. He can only play for 20 minutes,” Van Gaal is quoted as saying by Sky Sports. “I have selected him despite that but the rhythm of the game in the Premier League is the highest.
“It would be a better contribution if he played with the second team but I cannot do that because on Tuesday, Rooney was injured for the match against Stoke.
“I had to adapt to the needs of selection. I am not interested whether he is unhappy being on the bench. He has to follow my philosophy. I am here because of that.”
Falcao, who joined United on a season-long loan from Monaco, has scored one goal in three starts and four substitute appearances in the Premier League.