Radamel Falcao’s former agent says Louis van Gaal ‘destroys confidence’


Radamel Falcao came to Manchester United on loan from Ligue 1 side with the intention of brandishing his skill level in arguably the world’s most competitive league, but has fallen out of starting selection as the Red Devils have risen to the top four.

Falcao buried 63 goals for Atletico Madrid and Monaco since 2011 and was considered one of the most dynamic scorers in soccer before his move to Old Trafford.

Earning about $396,254 (£265,000) per week, Falcao is not cheap in Manchester.

Falling off the radar has supposedly caused substantial unrest for the Colombian.

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His former agent, Silvano Espindola, talked to AS.com about the situation of his ex-client and now good friend. In fact, Espindola pointed out that the pair had ‘cried together’, while he also offered rather stinging thoughts on Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal.

“We’ve spoken many times and cried together. It’s not an easy situation because every player wants to play and every goalscorer wants to score goals, that’s normal.

“But, at the moment, he isn’t scoring and that’s part of his football. He’s recovering his best form. When we spoke, I told him that this happens to every striker, that he’ll get over this poor run, and has happened to every great striker.

“Van Gaal has very little tact for this in football. It’s not just a Falcao-related issue, but one of many players. He is a coach that kills your confidence, he destroys it. This is happening with other great players that were at a high level and with Van Gaal they have gone downhill.”

In three of his past five matches, Falcao has been a unused substitute and also was recently included in a U-21 match against Spurs, one that saw him go against 17-year-old US youth product Cameron Carter-Vickers.

It could be a waiting game for the Falcao to suddenly produce for United, but one critical goal from him may restore Van Gaal’s confidence in the striker.