Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann has condemned Louis van Gaal’s treatment of Radamel Falcao after the Colombian was moved down into Manchester United’s U21 side.
Falcao was on the substitute’s bench for Man United’s FA Cup quarter-final tie with Arsenal earlier this week but wasn’t used despite the team needing a goal in the dying minutes of the game.
The striker was instead made to play in the U21s game against Tottenham Hotspur on Monday night and he made little impact as he was substituted with 71 minutes played.
Hamann was shocked by the decision and said it may be the final nail in the coffin for Falcao at United.
Speaking about Falcao, Hamann said: “He has been fit for eight weeks and to stick him in there is a disgrace.
“Don’t you think he deserves a little bit more respect from the manager? Putting him in the Under-21s is the ultimate demotion you can face as a senior player.
“I played games [for the reserve side] when I was injured and it was not a problem. But when you are not in the team and have been fit for six to eight weeks and have been put in there, that is the ultimate demotion.
“The best players have got huge belief in their own ability and they have got a certain standing and you can’t treat a Falcao like you treat a Chris Smalling or Jonny Evans. He may have lost the player now and I will be very surprised if he plays a role between now and the end of the season.”
Falcao’s treatment may be harsh but he hasn’t done much to warrant a regular place in United’s starting XI.
Laboured and predictable when he has been included, Falcao has only scored four goals for the club. Rooney has been moved back up front following a stint in midfield and is getting back on the scoresheet so Falcao can’t have any complaints. Unfortunately, his loan move simply hasn’t worked out at Old Trafford.