Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao has received criticism from fans and pundits alike following a frustrating loan spell at Old Trafford and rightly so.
However, there hasn’t been much of an inquest into the reason why the once feared Colombian has struggled to produce his best form at the club.
There are a number of factors that may be to blame, with knee injuries, a lack of confidence and unfamiliar tactics all in with a shout.
We asked our Twitter followers for their thoughts on why Falcao has failed at United:
@PeoplesPerson_ philosophy 🙂
— Tomasz Wieczorek (@Tomek_Wieczorek) April 28, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ He only got his chance when we were playing the boring 3-5-2 or during an injury crisis. He doesn't get service either.
— Will (@TheCityIsRED1) April 28, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ a mixture of knee problems , confidence and poor management under Val Gaal imo.
— Nathan Scanlon (@nscanlon18) April 28, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ People say he got no service but he still missed all the chances he did get. No confidence is his problem.
— LVG's Red Devils (@MUFC_LVG) April 28, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ 40% physical decline, 20% bad luck, 20% poor form, 10% tactics, & 10% low confidence.
— O.S. (@OSingh91) April 28, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ he tried to rush his recovery to play in the WC. plus confidence and playing time.
— Darren (@AsanteDarren) April 28, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ A bit of everything. Injury, then our style didn't suit him perfectly. First season in EPL and couldn't gain any confidence.
— Sohail Sheikh (@S0hailSheikh) April 28, 2015
Fans seem to be agreed that there has been a combination of things which have all contributed to Falcao’s poor spell at United.
Once revered as one of the world’s best strikers, it is a desperately sad situation for the 29-year-old.
Louis van Gaal’s tactics early on in the campaign didn’t help Falcao, who was still recovering from a serious knee injury which kept him of the 2014 World Cup. He was eventually dropped to the bench and made to play for the U21s, which would have left his confidence on the floor. From then on, it was never going to be likely that Old Trafford would see the best of him.