Radamel Falcao failed to get on the scoresheet in a run out for Manchester United under-21s this evening - but teammate Rafael da Silva showed him how it's done with a stunning 30-yard strike.
The Brazilian full-back is reportedly up for sale at Manchester United, but showed van Gaal what he's capable of with a brilliant 30-yard lob to earn United a 1-1 draw against Tottenham at Old Trafford.
Both Rafael and Falcao were unused substitutes as United's first team lost 2-1 at home to Arsenal on Monday night in the FA Cup.
As a result, both were made available for tonight's under-21 game with question marks over their long-term futures at Manchester United.
The Daily Mail reports that Rafael is 'fighting for his place' at Old Trafford while United are set to make a decision on whether to make Falcao's move permanent before the end of the season. On recent evidence, it won't be a difficult choice.
Kenny McEvoy opened the scoring for Spurs before Rafael levelled things up with a stunning lob over Tottenham keeper Luke McGee with his weaker left foot.
Van Gaal's assistant manager Ryan Giggs was in attendance, and Rafael will have caught the eye even aside from his goal. The Brazilian was full of energy and, after Antonio Valencia's blunder cost United against Arsenal, he could be in line for a recall at his favoured position.
Falcao though, struggled again as his recent problems in a Manchester United shirt continued. He didn't look much of a threat here, having failed to get on the pitch against Arsenal and in the game before against Newcastle United.
It goes without saying that Falcao has not proved to be worth his £43m permanent clause, so unless a drastic upturn in form is around the corner, he will not be in a Manchester United shirt next season.
Rafael deserves more time though. He has proved his worth before and with the Valencia experiment at right back yielding mixed results, a healthy Rafael could be an asset to van Gaal.
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