Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has said striker Radamel Falcao still has to prpove himself at the club.
The Colombian has scored three goals since arriving at Old Trafford in a £6m loan transfer from AS Monaco last September.
“If a player cost £95m or £5,000, it doesn’t make any difference. You have to prove yourself.”
Falcao was not included in United’s squad for their 1-0 home defeat by Southampton last Sunday. The Dutch boss later told the club’s in-house Television he has discussed with Falcao about his exclusion from the game, which brought to a halt their 11-game winning run.
“I have spoken to him but I always speak with the players, I am a good communicator, so that is not a big exception,” Van Gaal, 63, told MUTV.
“But of course he was not in the squad, so then you talk more with this kind of player because for them it is a big disappointment.
“I wanted to explain what he has to do in the future and that I have done.”
The striker’s agent Jorge Mendes has suggested that the Monaco loanee may not extend his loan beyond the end of the season.
United have an option to activate a £40m buy-out clause for Falcao, who earns £265,000 a week.
“He has to prove himself, that we have agreed,” Van Gaal added. “We have made this deal and everything is clear and it is not the end of the year (when his loan spell comes to an end) so he has the chance for that.
“For the manager it is the quality of the training sessions, the quality in his performances and matches and he has to compare (favourably).
“A player of £95m has to prove himself also. Maybe he has less motivation so I have to be like that.”
When quizzed whether Falcao will start at Queens Park Rangers on Saturday, the manager would not tell.