Van Gaal - who also named right-back Antonio Valencia, arguably at fault for both Arsenal goals on the night, as United’s Man of the Match - told reporters he is happy with the Colombia international because of his scoring rate.
This is despite the fact Falcao has scored a pitiful four goals in 20 appearances for the Red Devils since completing his season-long loan move to Old Trafford from AS Monaco at the start of September.
Van Gaal does not regret Welbeck/Falcao swap
Asked if he any regrets over his decision to trade Danny Welbeck, who scored the winning goal for Arsenal on the night, for unused substitute Falcao, Van Gaal had this to say in response.
“He (Falcao) has scored four goals, had three or four assists and he stimulates the other players, so that is an aspect of the profession,” the veteran Dutch coach said, according to Sky Sports. “But it is now easy for you to say that and you are happy to say that.”
Strange night for Van Gaal
Van Gaal naming Valencia as his Man of the Match and claiming he is happy with the form of Falcao, who has been an unused substitute in each of United’s two previous fixtures, were not his only bizarre actions on another disappointing evening for the Premier League giants.
Fans were also left wondering why Van Gaal opted to substitute Ander Herrera at half-time - the industrious Spaniard enjoyed a decent first half - while his decision to throw on Adnan Januzaj instead of Falcao in the final 15 minutes of the match, with United in desperate need of a goal, will have concerned fans too.
Serious questions might be asked of LvG
Monday’s defeat means United now have no realistic chance of winning any silverware this season - the second campaign in a row they will be left empty-handed - and serious questions should be asked of Van Gaal if he fails to secure a top-four finish.
That was the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach’s primary objective at the start of the season - but the fact United face Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea over the next five weeks means there’s a serious risk they will drop out of the top four before the end of the season.
Manchester United’s lacklustre performances have been terribly disappointing since Van Gaal arrived at the club; and with Real Madrid reportedly considering sacking Carlo Ancelotti this summer, it wouldn’t be a huge shock if fresh reports soon emerge claiming United were considering a chance of personnel at the end of the season.
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