Radamel Falcao sends a pre-match message to Manchester United

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Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao has decided to thank the fans for sticking with both him personally and a frustratingly inconsistent Red Devils side, ahead of this afternoon's Premier League showdown with under-fire Queens Park Rangers.

Falcao has endured a difficult week after being dropped from the 18-man squad for last Sunday's 1-0 defeat to Southampton, a move which United boss Louis van Gaal has insisted was purely tactical despite being arguably his most bizarre single pick since taking charge at Old Trafford.

United's £265,000-a-week loan star will expect to be back in contention to feature at Loftus Road this afternoon, where he's adamant the whole first-team squad are focused on the goal of securing three precious points against a side marooned in the bottom three despite their strong home form.

Time to bring Falcao back?

Injury concerns for United forward Robin van Persie mean Falcao looks likely to earn a recall today, which is perhaps why he took to Twitter last night with a direct message for the Red Devils faithful.

It remains to be seen if the South American superstar's season-long switch to the Theatre of Dreams becomes permanent, but in his short time in the North West he's already built an affinity with fans who have had to be patient with their late marquee summer signing.

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Van Gaal challenges Falcao to prove himself

Van Gaal for his part has been tough on the 28-year-old, who he insisted in his pre-match press conference that he still has plenty of work to do to justify a very expensive switch from Monaco.

“He has to prove himself,” the Dutchman said. “We have agreed because of that we have made this deal and everything is clear and it is not till the end of the year so he has a chance for that. It is the quality of the training sessions and quality in his matches [that counts].

"If a player cost £95m or £5,000 it is not any difference for me. A player of £95m has to prove yourself too. I have to be like that. It is difficult for the outside world to understand. I think he [Falcao] is generally happy."

Falcao now has 17 Premier League games to improve on a return of three goals for the Red Devils, starting with a tricky trip to West London which offers an opportunity to make headlines for all the right reasons.

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