AS Monaco star Nabil Dirar has insisted he believes that Radamel Falcao must be regretting opting to move to Manchester United, with the Colombia star still struggling at Old Trafford.
Louis van Gaal took Falcao on loan at the beginning of this season with a view to completing a permanent deal were he to impress. To the surprise of many though he has flopped in English football, and it now looks increasingly likely that he will return to Monaco come the end of the campaign without the promise of a blockbuster deal between his parent club and United being agreed.
Whilst Monaco haven’t really threatened to win Ligue 1 this season they are impressing in the Champions League, having set up a quarter-final meet with Serie A champions Juventus after knocking out Arsenal. Ahead of their first-leg against Juve though, Dirar has revealed he thinks Falcao must be wishing he hadn’t opted to leave the Stade Louis II.
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"I think Falcao must be kicking himself," Dirar told French outlet Le Parisien.
"Here, he would have played and participated in the Champions League, but perhaps he needed more atmosphere. At Monaco, he didn't feel good."
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Struggles at United
Indeed Falcao’s miserly tally of four goals in 24 appearances across all competitions must be a sore topic for the man himself. More accustomed to sitting at the top of goalscoring charts the former Atletico Madrid hit-man just hasn’t been able to properly adjust to life in England, and may well go down as the latest European star to flop in the Premier League.
It will be a shame if that is his fate given how well he’s performed virtually everywhere else he’s played football. That being said United are still a side in transition and Van Gaal can ill-afford to carry passengers as he looks to orchestrate a return to the summit of Britain for United.
New striker in?
As a direct result of the pressure Van Gaal will be under next term - when United will have to worry about the Champions League as well as domestic affairs - it makes sense to assume he won’t be taking any risks. Unless Falcao can dramatically improve his fortunes soon he will certainly fall into that category and it’s unlikely he’ll be retained purely based on reputation.
If Falcao’s services are relinquished it could open the door for the young James Wilson to have a clear path to the starting XI. So far this term he’s been used sparingly, but with Robin van Persie running on ageing legs he might well become an important factor in the team’s drive for success next time around.
United fans, is there any chance Falcao will be retained this summer? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.
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