Robin van Persie has praised the ‘fantastic’ Radamel Falcao despite the Colombian’s failure to have an impact at Manchester United.
Falcao attracted a lot of criticism during his loan spell at Man United after only managing four goals in 26 appearances under Louis van Gaal.
The striker will now return to Monaco after not receiving an offer for a permanent deal and is likely to look elsewhere for a club this summer.
Van Persie, who has also struggled this season, sympathised with Falcao.
“I’ve got a lot of respect for Falcao,” said the 31-year-old striker.
“In any position he was used, he kept doing his best, training extra hard. That’s what a real professional does. Falcao is a fantastic football player. He’ll always come back on top.”
The Dutchman has a similar attitude to fans when it comes to the subject of Falcao. A bitter feeling of disappointment due to the latter’s inability to contribute enough, but a significant level of gratitude for the man’s efforts.
Falcao’s work rate was always exceptional but as a striker he didn’t score enough goals to justify a massive price tag, so his departure came as no surprise.
Whether he can return to his blistering best remains to be seen and a rejuvenated Falcao would be a welcome sight, unless he comes back to Old Trafford and knocks United out of the Champions League.