Radamel Falcao. One of the world’s deadliest strikers who has scored goals at the very highest level throughout his career. Imagine the indignity Falcao must have felt, then, when Louis van Gaal asked him to play for Manchester United’s U21s on Tuesday night against Tottenham Hotspur.
The Colombian might have grumbled about the situation but the truth is he has done little to warrant a regular place in the first-team this year.
Having scored just four goals since his arrival on loan from Monaco, van Gaal appears to have ran out of patience with Falcao’s laboured and predictable performances.
Against Spurs, he produced an equally ineffectual display and was substituted on 71 minutes. For those who didn’t get to see the game, here’s a compilation of all his touches from the game:
It is a desperately sad situation for Falcao, who was once considered one of the best strikers in the world at Atletico Madrid and Porto. Unfortunately for the 29-year-old he doesn’t seem to have recovered properly from a serious knee injury suffered last season while playing for Monaco. His United career is unlikely to go anywhere and all signs are pointing to his summer exit.