United boss only sees big-name striker as superb sub.
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has controversially said that loan star Radamel Falcao is only able to play 20 minutes per game at the moment, BBC Sport reports.
The Dutchman spent big to sign the Colombian international on a season-long deal from AS Monaco, and is now limiting his appearances due to ongoing fitness problems.
Falcao has not impressed at Old Trafford so far, and van Gaal’s recent quotes hint even more that the club will not be forking out the required £44m to sign him permanently.
“I have selected him in spite of the fact he can only play for 20 minutes,” he explained. “It’s match fitness [he needs].
“It would be a better contribution if he played with the second team but I cannot do that because on Tuesday we had the match against Stoke and Wayne Rooney was injured.”
Asked if he was concerned that Falcao could become unhappy with this role, the Red Devils boss added: “I am not interested in that. He has to follow my philosophy.”