Jorge Mendes raises doubts about Radamel Falcao's Manchester United future

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Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao could be on his way out of Old Trafford, based on comments made by super agent Jorge Mendes at tonight's FIFA Ballon d'Or awards ceremony in Zurich.

Sport Witness carries quotes from the Colombia international's representative which suggest the 28-year-old is already considering his options after a disappointing first half of the 2014/15 campaign.

Falcao has struggled for fitness and form since joining the Red Devils on a season-long loan from AS Monaco, prompting manager Louis van Gaal to reconsider plans to sign the South American talisman on a permanent deal.

After starting each of Manchester United's previous three games, the former FC Porto and Atletico Madrid marksman was completely omitted from yesterday's 18-man matchday squad for the surprise 1-0 defeat against Southampton, fuelling rumours of a possible exit as soon as the January transfer window.

Whilst that remains unlikely, there is certainly reason to suggest that Falcao's long-term future lies away from Old Trafford, particularly after Mendes's latest quotes about the fit-again star.

"He's a very good player, the Manchester United fans have a fantastic player," he said. "He could play in any team, anything could happen.

"One hundred percent, will be at one of the best teams in the world, if it's United or not. But time is needed, we'll see what happens."

Sunday's loss leaves Manchester United in fourth place in the Premier League table with 37 points from 21 games - ten points behind reigning champions Manchester City in second spot and 12 adrift of leaders Chelsea.

Title chances

Saints, meanwhile, leapfrogged the Red Devils to move into third place with 39 points and in doing so reaffirmed their challenge for Champions League qualification, potentially at the expense of Manchester United.

Mendes won't be particularly worried about Falcao's predicament at the moment because Monday night belonged to another of his high-profile clients Cristiano Ronaldo. The Real Madrid superstar was named the best player in world football for the second consecutive season after beating Lionel Messi and Manuel Neuer to the 2014 trophy.

The 49-year-old was in attendance to watch his Portuguese compatriot receive the Golden Ball award, which will further raise the profile of a player now widely regarded as one of the greatest individual talents ever to have played the game.

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