Radamel Falcao says he would love to stay at Manchester United beyond the end of the season, but admits that Louis van Gaal may decide to let him go.
The Colombian striker is on loan at Old Trafford until the end of the season, and has a clause in his contract which allows the club to make the switch permanent for around £43 million in the summer.
However things haven't gone to plan so far this and the former Porto man has started just three Premier League fixtures, scoring just once. Although he's been blighted by a calf injury for most of the season he is now back to full fitness - but still isn't playing.
He was left on the bench for Manchester United's 3-0 win over Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday despite Van Gaal revealing that he was fit to start. The Dutch coach opted to select youngster James Wilson instead.
Speaking after that game Falcao says he is fighting to prove his worth and earn a place at Manchester United, but concedes that the final decision is out of his hands.“From my point of view, yes, but obviously I have to analyse the situation, see if I play more and see what decision the board takes,” he said. “But from my point of view, I really want to stay.”
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Because Manchester United are not in the Champions League and were knocked out of the Capital One Cup early on, Falcao has found his opportunities to shine limited. He is yet to truly show his best form since the knee injury which wrecked his chances of appearing at the World Cup, but the 28-year-old says he is raring to go.
"Every footballer wants to play, no one is happy when they are not playing, when they are on the bench, but whenever I am given the opportunity, whether it be for five, 10, 20 or 90 minutes, I have to give my best,” he said.
His next chance to play comes when the Red Devils take on Aston Villa this weekend. “I am very well. I’m almost at 100% now, let’s see wait and see what the decision of the coach is, when he wants to use me more. I feel ready for the moment that the team needs me. Whenever I have the opportunity to come on I try to do my best for the coach and I try to help the team.”