Radamel Falcao stakes his claim for Manchester United place

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In a week that has seen the struggling striker Radamel Falcao find the net for his country three times the Colombian has spoken out about his lack of playing time, and is hoping to rectify that with a run of starts for Manchester United.

The former Ballon D'or nominee has moved within one of his country's all-time scoring after finding the net three times in two matches and has found renewed confidence in his international side.

He is now hoping to carry that confidence back to Old Trafford for the remainder of the season.

In an interview with Sport 360, Falcao outlined his frustration at a lack of game time afforded to him by Louis van Gaal, and indicated that in order to get the best out of him, then he needs regular starts.

"I said before I need minutes, I need to play games in a row and here in the national team I have had the opportunity."

Time to shine

The confusion and angst that Falcao has grown accustomed to this season has been massively affecting his confidence and subsequently his performances. Four goals in 22 games is hardly a return that deserves more regular action, but Falcao is still hopeful about the remainder of the campaign.

"I will give my best to have the chance to play as many minutes as possible. I have said before I need to play."

But it is difficult to see chances being anything other than limited Falcao as Van Gaal has often opted for James Wilson, despite his lack of experience compared to the formerly prolific Colombian.

The pragmatic approach by Van Gaal also hasn't helped his chances with the Dutchman having used the most amount of players in the league this year (32) giving Falcao little chance to make his mark in an ever changing team.

However Falcao returns to Old Trafford with hope and confidence that his performances for his country will have caught his manager's eye. the player has made clear that he's starting to find a return to form, at least at on an international stage, and hopes he can transfer this to a club level.

"I gave my best and I scored and I now return to Manchester with more confidence.”

Running out of chances

Falcao's destination come the end of the season has dominated the headlines this year, with many believing he hasn't done enough to be considered for a permanent move to Old Trafford.

It is a fair assessment for a striker with a return of less that one in four. However others look to the point that Falcao hasn't been given the chance, and has been frozen out by Van Gaal. 

He is, however, feeling hopeful about his chances in what looks to be an interesting run in, but time is most certainly running out. With the season nearing its end, the striker will have to step it up a gear for what is a demanding United boss who, until now, has seen little to warrant the 29-year-old's future with the club.

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