Radamel Falcao
Falcao was left out of Louis van Gaal's squad on SundayGetty Images

Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao has indicated through social media he did not storm out of Old Trafford after Louis van Gaal dropped him from his squad.

Falcao, 28, was not even named among the substitutes on Sunday (11 January) as a toothless United suffered a 1-0 home defeat to Southampton.

Following his omission, reports of a falling out with van Gaal quickly began to circulate, accompanied by photographs on Twitter which appeared to show the Colombian international leaving the stadium early.

But amid the mounting speculation over his future at the club, Falcao has sought to quell talk of a falling out, retweeting a Colombian journalist who denied the rumours.

Luis Restrepo of Colombia's DirecTV wrote: "To clarify, Falcao was at Old Trafford on Sunday, a game that I attended. Also, he was seen with van Gaal in the tunnel after the game.

"Also, van Gaal verified it in his press conference and I verified it myself. You have to filter what is said and written from here in the UK."

Falcao himself added 'Aprendan' – which translates to learn – following the retweets, a message that has since been deleted.

Falcao has been vocal in his desire to remain at Old Trafford beyond the end of his loan deal which expires at the end of the season. United paid a reported fee of £6m to bring the player from Monaco for a season and have the option to make the deal permanent for a reported fee of £42m in the summer.

Sunday's events however have cast doubt on the former Porto and Atletico Madrid striker's future at the club with his agent Jorge Mendes warning United his client will end up "playing in one of the very best clubs up in the world next season" if they decide against activating the clause to buy him outright.

Falcao has scored three goals in 13 games – eight of which have been starting appearances in a season which has also been disrupted by a calf problem.