Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao has accepted he joined the wrong club last summer and is expecting his stay at Old Trafford to be short-lived.
Falcao joined Man United with a world-class reputation but has struggled during his brief spell at the club, thanks in part to his extended rehabilitation following serious knee injury and a big dip in confidence.
The Colombian hasn’t featured for United since the end of February and was recently made to play for the U21s against Tottenham Hotspur. Sources close to Falcao have suggested he was in ‘total shock’ when asked to drop down into United’s second-string side which doesn’t come as much of a surprise but van Gaal has made it clear this season that he’ll put any player in the U21s, regardless of how big they are.
Falcao’s current situation was embodied on Monday night against Arsenal when United were chasing the game. Van Gaal elected to bring on Adnan Januzaj rather than the 29-year-old who was on the bench, despite United desperately needing a goal.
Having scored just four goals for this season, Falcao’s loan spell hasn’t exactly gone to plan so far and time is quickly running out for him to earn a permanent.