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No Falcao humiliation in under-21 game, says Van Gaal

By Paul Hirst

Louis van Gaal insists he did not intend to humiliate Radamel Falcao by dropping him to Manchester United's under-21 side.

Twenty-four hours after failing to get off the bench for United's FA Cup quarter-final against Arsenal on Monday, the out-of-form United striker turned out for the club's second string.

Falcao, who has scored just four goals since his deadline-day loan move from Monaco, drew another blank when he played 72 minutes of the Under-21 draw against Tottenham on Tuesday night. The United boss insisted he was not punishing the two-time Ballon d'Or nominee for his poor form. "I have read that it was a humiliation, but I don't think so," Van Gaal said.

Falcao, who played alongside Victor Valdes and Rafael in the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford, failed to score against a youthful Spurs side. Van Gaal insists the outing for the second team will help Falcao rediscover his form.

"That is one of the aspects that I let my players play in the second squad," Van Gaal said. "It is not a humiliation. It is a professional attitudet, the club but especially also for the player."

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