Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes Radamel Falcao will return to his best form if he is given time at Old Trafford.
The former Atletico Madrid and Porto striker has only scored four goals in 21 appearances for United and hasn’t featured for the first-team for a number of weeks.
However, van Gaal insists that a cruciate ligament injury suffered last season is to blame for his slow progress.
Speaking about Falcao, van Gaal said: “We mustn’t forget the severe injury he suffered last year and how it kept him out for such a long period and resulted in him not having a good pre-season, which is always the catalyst for the campaign ahead.
“I believe he just needs a little time to build his confidence and match sharpness, and it won’t be long until he is showing everybody the talent that we all know he has.”
Given that it is already March, van Gaal’s comments are surprisingly passive. Falcao has already had eight months to find his best form but hasn’t been able to which is why there are understandable concerns.
With wages reportedly upwards of £250,000 a week, United literally can’t afford to keep Falcao as a passenger at the club.
If United can haggle Monaco down to a reduced fee for the Colombian as well as minimising his wage packet, then perhaps he could have a future at Old Trafford. It is unlikely that any other clubs will go near him given his disastrous campaign, so United may be in a good position if that is the route they want to take.