Radamel Falcao has revealed that he did not get the “opportunity” he “expected” at Manchester United last season.
Falcao joined Man United on loan from Monaco on transfer deadline day in 2014 but he only scored four goals in a disappointing spell at Old Trafford.
Man United decided not to make the move permanent and the 30-year-old then joined Chelsea on loan for the 2015/16 season but he has found things equally tough at Stamford Bridge.
“It was complicated in Manchester,” Falcao said.
“Everyone saw how there were situations which created instability, since I played on some days, not on others. It was 60 minutes today, then 45, then 20. That generates instability and sometimes you don’t know where you stand or what the footballing preferences of the coach are. It’s been difficult. I had been used to playing regularly. After the knee surgery [at Monaco] I went to Manchester United, who were starting a new process after 25 years with the same coach, with a lot of new players and I did not have the opportunity I expected.
Asked if he had problems with Louis van Gaal, Falcao added: “No, not at all.
“Yes, we had the usual discussions of a football team, with the same arguments, but it was always with respect and at no moment was there any kind of problem.”
Signing Falcao was a gamble that didn’t come off. His knee was just too fragile for him to produce top performances on a consistent basis.
That being said, Falcao always gave 100% at United and for that, supporters were grateful. Unfortunately, players at United have to do more than just work hard, as the likes of Memphis Depay are finding out this term.