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Louis Van Gaal: Radamel Falcao on last chance at Manchester United

By Paul Hirst

Louis van Gaal has ordered Radamel Falcao to show him why he deserves a future at Manchester United.

United were hailed as the big winners on deadline day last September when they beat a host of their rivals to sign Falcao on a £6million loan deal from Monaco.

United chartered a private jet to fly the coveted striker over from the principality and the two-time Ballon d'Or nominee was given a standing ovation and a loud roar from the United fans when he made his debut against QPR.

Going into the reverse fixture today, the tables have turned.

To the bemusement of many fans, a fully-fit Falcao was left out of the squad for last week's 1-0 defeat against Southampton, with Van Gaal preferring to put three centre-backs and 19-year-old James Wilson on the bench.

Van Gaal yesterday warned Falcao he still has to demonstrate he is worth more game time, and a permanent move to Old Trafford.

"He has to prove himself, that we have agreed," said the United manager, who has the option to buy the striker for £43.5million at the end of the season.

"We have made this deal and everything is clear and it is not the end of the year so he has the chance for that."

In 2013 Monaco paid £50million to sign the striker, who is reported to be on around £280,000 a week at Old Trafford.

Van Gaal said he could not care less about how much the player is worth though.

"If a player costs £95million or £5,000 it's not any difference for me," the Dutchman said.

"You have to prove yourself. A player of £95million has to prove himself also.''

Van Gaal refused to reveal if Falcao would feature against QPR.

"When I say that a part of my line-up is known I make it easy for my opponent and I don't want to make it easy," he said.

Falcao's chances of starting at Loftus Road looked to have been strengthened when Robin van Persie hobbled off in the second half of the loss to Saints with an ankle injury.

But Van Gaal said the striker's injury was not serious.

"It is a minor injury. I don't think it's a great problem," he said.

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