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Kenny Dalglish backs Louis van Gaal over Radamel Falcao selection controversy

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Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish has surprisingly backed Louis van Gaal over his decision not to include Radamel Falcao in his squad for the defeat against Southampton.

The Colombian striker is on loan at Old Trafford this season but is struggling to convince his current employers to make his switch permanent at the end of the season. 

Deal

Manchester United can land Falcao for around £43 million at the end of the current campaign, but he's managed just three goals this season and was left out of Van Gaal's squad entirely for the loss against Southampton last week.

That prompted plenty of rumours about the Monaco forward's future, and while Van Gaal warned Falcao he must fight for his place in the team, he has been selected up front for Manchester United's game against QPR today.

Backed

Dalglish, who is hero-worshipped by Liverpool fans at Anfield has backed Van Gaal's claims that, regardless of reputation and transfer fee, he can pick who thinks is the best man for the job.

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Writing in his column for the Mirror, he said: "I am a fan of Radamel Falcao...but just because he has a great record in the past doesn't mean he has a divine right to be in the Manchester United first team."

Reasons

He continued: "Van Gaal explained the reasons why he had put James Wilson on the bench instead of him after the game. I thought people wanted the United boss to give the young players a chance but when he does it, some of the fans are still angry."

Falcao has been given a chance today because of an injury to regular starter Robin van Persie. As things stand the Red Devils are in fourth place before today's fixtures, but will be desperate for a win in order to keep them ahead in the hunt for Champions League qualification. 

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