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Revealed: Why Man United Have Ditched Radamel Falcao For Today’s Game

Manchester United left Radamel Falcao out of his squad for the game with Southampton, despite him being fit…

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has revealed why left striker Radamel Falcao out of today’s game with Southampton. The Colombian forward did not even make the bench for the match at Old Trafford.

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Reports in the Daily Star carry a short quote from the Dutch boss, who elected to start with Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, while youngster James Wilson was included on the substitutes bench.

Van Gaal said: “Falcao isn’t injured, just not selected in the squad. It’s much more difficult [selecting a side], but that’s the task of the manager and I have a staff who advise me as well.”

United are coming under pressure from Falcao’s representatives to sign off a permanent deal for the South American striker. He is on a season-long loan from Monaco with a view to joining United full-time for £43m.

The fee and personal terms have been agreed between both clubs should Van Gaal give the green light to keep Falcao. But the 28-year-old has struggled to make an impact, scoring just three goals this season, but is desperate to stay at United.

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