The mother of Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao has told her son to “accept” his situation at Old Trafford under Louis van Gaal.
Falcao was regarded as one of the world’s best strikers when he joined Man United on a season-long loan from Monaco last summer.
However, the Colombian has had a miserable spell at the club having scored just four goals over the course of the campaign.
Van Gaal has often left Falcao on the substitute’s bench as a result and his mother, Carmenza Zarate, believes he must respect the decision.
Speaking about her son’s situation, Zarate said: “Although it’s hard not to be a starter, he has to accept the coach’s decision. We have to respect van Gaal as a coach and his methods.
“I don’t think what he is doing to Falcao is anything personal because the same is happening to Angel di Maria and Robin van Persie. It’s his way of working and you have to respect that.”
Zarate is right that it is not just Falcao who is going through a tough time at United. Di Maria and van Persie also have big reputations but are struggling to get into the starting XI.
Van Gaal has often stated he does not care for big names, instead preferring to let his players do their talking on the pitch. Falcao cannot say he hasn’t had chances this season but unfortunately he hasn’t taken them.