Monaco’s vice-president, Vadim Vasilyev, has criticised Manchester United for their poor management of Radamel Falcao in the 2014/15 season.
The Columbian, however, drastically failed to reach the lofty standards he set whilst at Atletico Madrid, managing just four goals in 26 appearances.
Vasilyev accused both United and Chelsea – where Falcao encountered another poor loan spell after leaving Old Trafford – of mismanaging the 30-year-old.
“Both clubs in England failed to relaunch him,” he said.
“I don’t know whether Manchester United and Chelsea did not have the patience or the desire to do that but I am quite sure this year we will see Falcao at his previous best.
“He is the same Falcao as he ever was. We’ve seen that in pre-season. He scores goals, he’s there and he is motivated, we are motivated and I think this will be his year.
“This is what we will do and what Manchester United and Chelsea didn’t do, failed to do or didn’t want to do.”
But once the initial delirium subsided, disillusionment amongst supporters didn’t take long to settle in. His work rate was unquestionable, but his sharpness, strength, power and goalscoring instinct came across as dramatically substandard. His knee ligament injury – which left him sidelined for almost ten months prior to his Old Trafford arrival – had eradicated any iota of the blistering talent that saw him net 52 goals for Atletico in 68 games.
He was a notably muted figure, thwarted by the Premier League’s brutal speed and the lingering effects of a career-threatening injury. United gave the Columbian chances to prove his worth, but the gloomy reality was clear: Falcao was simply not good enough.