Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has dismissed the suggestion that struggling striker Radamel Falcao has been humiliated during his time at Old Trafford, reports the Daily Mirror.
Falcao has largely been considered a flop since his loan move to United, contributing just four goals in 20 appearances. It is widely expected that the temporary deal will not be made permanent at the end of the campaign.
The Colombian’s reputation has taken a further hit this week, after he failed to find the back of the net whilst playing for the under-21 squad, and was substituted before the end. But his manager doesn’t believe the decision to involve him in the game has embarrassed the 29-year-old.
“I have seen that it is a ‘humiliation’ but I don’t think so,” the Dutchman said.
Van Gaal explained that Falcao was not the only first-team player to be involved in the match, and a good performance in any game can only benefit a player, after full-back Rafael got amongst the scorers.
“Not only Falcao played, but also Victor Valdes and Rafael Da Silva. Rafael played a very good match and scored a wonderful goal, and because of that he can grip his confidence again,” he continued.