Sky Sports pundit Terry Gibson has questioned why Radamel Falcao featured for the Manchester United Under-21 side against Tottenham last night.
Writing for Sky Sports, the former Manchester United player has insisted that he doesn't understand why the Colombian forward played over 70 minutes at Old Trafford, while Spanish playmaker Juan Mata didn't star on the night.
Falcao and Mata, of course, have endured tricky time at the Theatre of Dreams of late, with the former being the subject of great crictisim in recent time.
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Mata, too, has failed to hold down a place in Van Gaal's team over the last couple of months, but only Falcao featured in last night's outing.
And Gibson doesn't think last night's game would have helped Falcao as he goes in search of finding some form for the Red Devils.
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He stated: "Last night will not have helped him in any way to get a game against Spurs on Sunday, that decision will have nothing to do with the game.
"The idea was to get his confidence back last night and even if he had scored three or four goals, it would only have been in a reserve game against youngsters. So I am not sure it would have been the answer to his confidence problems, not when you are a player like Falcao, who has scored goals in massive matches.
"And so it will be interesting to see what happens at the weekend as if he was playing last night, then why was Juan Mata not?
Gibson has also insisted that he doesn't expect United to secure the services of Falcao on a long term deal. With Falcao currently on loan from Monaco, the ex-United man has insisted that there will have to be a 'huge turnaround' for the Colombian ace to stay with the club beyond the end of this season.
He continued by stating: "I very much doubt United will now take up the option to keep him next season - which is what most people tend to think - and there would have to be a huge turnaround in form for that to happen.
"People say it only takes a goal to kick-start things, but it does not – it is almost like a depression and you need more than one goal, you need people around who believe and support you, and it is tough for him to get a game in the first team at the moment."
United need Mata
Unfortunately for Falcao, things just don't seem to be going for him on English soil. He certainly doesn't look the former hot-shot of old and is in need of another fresh start.
For Mata, though, he can get his United career back on track sooner rather than later, and Red Devils chief Van Gaal should look to utilise him in the club's upcoming fixture with Tottenham on Sunday.
There's no doubt about it, United are in need of fresh legs in the attacking department, and Mata has been unfairly sidelined in recent weeks. This must change in what's set to be a huge clash with Spurs.
Manchester United fans: Should Falcao and Mata start on Sunday? Have your say in the comments section below!