Louis van Gaal believes Radamel Falcao will soon return to his best form despite failing to show any hint of it this season.
The Colombian international has failed to live up to expectation at Manchester United this season. Van Gaal agreed to pay his £265,000-a-week wages on a season-long loan deal, but has found himself as more of a periphery figure.
Just four goals in 21 outings for the Red Devils saw him demoted to the Under-21s last week and it is now widely expected that he will return to Monaco when the current loan deal expires. However, Van Gaal says he still expects him to return to his previous best in the near future.
Van Gaal told United Review: "We mustn't forget the severe injury he suffered last year and how it kept him out for such a long period and resulted in him not having a good pre-season, which is always the catalyst for the campaign ahead.
"I believe he just needs a little time to build his confidence and match sharpness, and it won't be long until he is showing everybody the talent that we all know he has."
A pivotal moment came in last week's FA Cup tie against Arsenal when Manchester United were trailing 2-1 and Van Gaal had one substitute remaining. He chose to bring on Adnan Januzaj, leaving Falcao on the bench.
Again, with Manchester United cruising to a 3-0 win over Tottenham, Falcao was allowed just seven minutes after coming on for Marouane Fellaini. It was the perfect chance for Van Gaal to allow him more minutes, but he didn't.
The Red Devils won't have many easier games between now and the end of the season and Van Gaal is unlikely to risk someone in such poor form when the battle for fourth place is so open. As a result, it is likely Falcao has started his last game for the club.
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