Louis van Gaal has a personal problem with Radamel Falcao and that is the reason why the striker is not getting much playing time, as least that is the belief of a number of his compatriots in his native Colombia.
Most prominently, former Newcastle United striker, Premier League cult hero and Colombian legend Faustino Asprilla vented on his official Twitter account when rumours early on Sunday that 19-year-old James Wilson was to get the nod ahead of Falcao for the win over Liverpool.
The decision turned out to be a sound one by Van Gaal because the Red Devils eventually prevailed 3-0 winners on the day. Wilson's performance was little to write home about and Asprilla felt it was an indication that all is not well behind the scenes.
Asprilla claimed that for Wilson to get picked ahead of Falcao and to continue playing when not performing to any great standard, there must be a personal problem between 'El Tigre' and Van Gaal. Though the Manchester United boss may disagree with this.
In an interview with Sky Sports before the match the former Bayern Munich and Barcelona boss claimed that "speed" was the reason behind him going with the youngster over his more prominent colleague to partner Robin van Persie up front.
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Wilson got 70 unspectacular minutes before being replaced by Ander Herrera and Falcao eventually replaced captain Wayne Rooney with a little over ten minutes remaining. Asprilla was convinced this pointed towards a rift between the pair or some personal problem.
Falcao joined on an expensive season-long loan from AS Monaco late on January transfer deadline day but has made only eight appearances for the Old Trafford club. Of those eight, only three have been starts and the 28-year-old is yet to complete 90 minutes.
While Asprilla's theory is a more dramatic attempt at an explanation, there is also the fact that Falcao suffered a serious knee ligament tear earlier in the year, which caused him to miss the World Cup in Brazil.
Still Got It
Whatever the reason, the former Atletico Madrid and Porto goal machine gave a glimpse of his quality in the ten minutes he had on the pitch. His first contribution was to play a dangerous through-ball to Van Persie and he also put a cross on a plate for his Dutch teammate a few minutes later.
There is still plenty of time left in the season and Van Gaal will almost certainly need to call upon the Colombia international at some point if they are to keep in touch with with the Premier League title race.
The win over Liverpool, which was secured thanks to goals from Rooney, Juan Mata and Van Persie, took United to within five points of their local rivals heading into the busy Christmas period.
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