Longer ab­sence for Fal­cao

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Reuters

LONDON — Whether it be in­jury or for rea­sons of bal­ance, Manch­ester United man­ager Louis van Gaal has warned striker Radamel Fal­cao (pic­tured) could face a lengthy ab­sence from his top-heavy side as they strug­gle to find a win­ning for­mula.

Colom­bia striker Fal­cao, who is earn­ing £285 000 per week, ac­cord­ing to me­dia re­ports, has made five ap­pear­ances, scor­ing once, since his sea­son-long loan move to Old Traf­ford from Monaco on trans­fer dead­line day.

The 28-year-old, who missed this year’s World Cup with a se­ri­ous knee lig­a­ment in­jury, was ab­sent from the United side for the third game in a row, as they hosted Crys­tal Palace in the Premier League on Satur­day, be­cause of a calf prob­lem .

Van Gaal had dropped Fal­cao prior to his in­jury in favour of us­ing just one striker - Robin Van Per­sie.

Now the Dutch coach, who has tin­kered with for­ma­tions so far this sea­son but has de­cided to use one less at­tacker in re­cent weeks to coun­ter­act a leaky de­fence, says Fal­cao may sit on the bench even if he is fit to play.

“I can­not say when Fal­cao will be back. It de­pends on the progress on his in­jury. It’s his calf,” Van Gaal told re­porters. “The prob­lem for Fal­cao is be­cause of bal­ance in the game.

“I can­not judge now be­cause he is in­jured and I changed him not be­cause of his per­for­mance but be­cause of the bal­ance of the team, which is much more im­por­tant than the in­di­vid­ual.”

“I have to de­cide which striker (to use). It’s not his fault. With the other sys­tem I could play with two strik­ers, but then the bal­ance wasn’t good. —

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