Diego Maradona has compared Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal to the devil over his treatment of Radamel Falcao.
The Colombian has started just 12 games for Man United following a loan move from Monaco last summer.
Having rarely impressed in the first-team, van Gaal made Falcao suffer the indignity of playing for United’s U21s in March.
Maradona believes van Gaal is to blame for Falcao’s fall from grace due to his poor handling of the 29-year-old.
Speaking about Falcao’s situation, Maradona said: ”Van Gaal is not a cool guy. He is closer to the devil than anything else.
“The World Cup was great and I think everyone felt Colombian at least for a while, when James or Cuadrado had the ball.
“If Falcao was there, Colombia may be celebrating their first World Cup glory.
“Falcao was conditioned due to his severe injury. Moving from France to England was tough and he needed to adapt himself.”
Maradona clearly feels van Gaal has been harsh in his treatment of Falcao but the player has done little to convince fans of his quality when included in the starting XI.
Falcao managed a brief cameo against Manchester City from the bench on Sunday but it is unlikely he will start any more games as United head into the final few fixtures of the campaign. Regardless, fans have still been willing him to do well as he has a fantastic attitude off the pitch.