Falcao: I need to find a place where I can play

The Colombia striker, on loan at Manchester United, says he will consider his future at the end of the season but insists he is focused on the club’s remaining fixtures

Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao says he will sit down and decide his future at the end of the season but wants to be at a club where he can play regularly.

The Colombia international has struggled for game time under Louis van Gaal following his loan move from Monaco and has managed just four league goals for the Red Devils this season.

Falcao has been left out of United’s starting line-up since February, missing out against Liverpool and Arsenal in recent weeks, and says he needs to think about his future.

“When the championship finishes, of course I will sit down, analyse things and decide what is best for me,” he told Colombia’s Radio Caracol.

“Obviously I need to find a place where I have continuity and where I can play.

“I am totally focused on the club. There are eight games left and anything can happen.”

The striker has been already been linked with clubs all over Europe but insists he has no problem with Van Gaal despite the lack of playing time.

“He [Van Gaal] has to make decisions like any other coach. Regardless of whether they are favourable for me or not, I try to behave in the best way possible, to be professional at all times and to take advantage of the time he gives me. That’s it.

“I know there has been a lot of talk, but I try to distance myself from that. People speculate, but I am good and feeling calm. I just need to play. I can’t let myself get worried, I need to be prepared to take the opportunity when it comes.

“I am happy at the club and with how the fans and my team-mates have treated me. I will keep fighting until the end at Manchester United.”

'I'll help Falcao come through difficult moment' – Pekerman vows to help misfiring striker

The out-of-sorts forward has scored just four goals since joining the club on loan from Monaco in the summer but his national team coach insists he will restore his confidence

Colombia coach Jose Pekerman has vowed to help misfiring Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao come through “a difficult moment” during the upcoming international break.

Falcao has struggled since joining United on a hugely expensive loan deal from Monaco in the summer, scoring just four goals in 18 Premier League appearances.

The striker was even picked for the club’s Under-21 side earlier this month, with his former agent claiming that he found the experience “weird”, while Louis van Gaal was forced to deny that he was humiliating the 29-year-old.

Despite his struggles, Pekerman is set to give Falcao the chance to showcase his talents in friendlies against Bahrain and Kuwait next week, and the coach says he will try to restore the star’s confidence during his time with the national side.

He said: “It’s a huge problem that we need to resolve; this problem is as large as the sadness that Falcao is going through right now.

“I feel I need to support him because I understand how hard it is for him and the difficult moment he is experiencing. I want to work with him again and help him restore his confidence.”

“I know Falcao’s strengths, his mentality and his fighting spirit and I’ve never doubted that he’ll come out the other side. He’s in a bad moment, but he’s looking after himself and this week is going to be very important for him.”

Pekerman stopped short of blaming Van Gaal for Falcao’s predicament, though he insists he on the attacker’s side “on a human level”.

“Without being there you can’t really comment about these matters,” Pekerman added.

“In terms of decisions taken regarding coaching methods, players the manager chooses or in which team a player plays for, I don’t think I should comment on that.

“I’m on Falcao’s side because I know that he’s suffering and he deserves the opportunity to work better and to have his chance to show that he’s okay. But it’s not my job to judge the decisions of another coach.”

Falcao has cried over Manchester United troubles, claims former agent

The Colombia international has endured a disappointing spell at Old Trafford, even turning out for the club’s Under-21 side, and his ex-representative says the striker is unhappy

Radamel Falcao’s disappointing spell at Manchester United has reduced him to tears, according to his former agent Silvano Espindola.

The Colombia international joined the club on a big-money loan deal from Monaco in September, with United holding the option of signing Falcao permanently at the end of the season should they wish.

However, the former Atletico Madrid striker has scored just four Premier League goals in 18 appearances in 2014-15, and has been heavily criticised for his displays, even turning out for the Under-21 side earlier this month.

Louis van Gaal subsequently denied that he was humiliating Falcao, but Espindola claims that his client is unhappy at Old Trafford and that he has cried over his disappointing spell in England.

“We talk a lot. I’m not going to say that he feels happy because he’s not. We’ve spoken many times and cried together,” he told AS Colombia.

“It’s not an easy situation because every player wants to play and every goal-scorer 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. When you don’t score, you’re going to begin to feel the pressure.”

Falcao failed to score for United’s development side against Tottenham and Espindola claims the striker expressed his displeasure at playing for the youth side.

“When he was on his way to the ground to play this game with the reserves, he called me,” he added.

“We spoke for 20 minutes until he reached the stadium and he told me ‘I’ve never been through something like this, I don’t know how to deal with this situation. It feels weird for me’.”

Bahrain 0-6 Colombia: Falcao stars in resounding victory

The struggling Manchester United loanee scored twice and laid on another for Carlos Bacca in a comfortable friendly triumph

Radamel Falcao sent a timely reminder to Louis van Gaal on Thursday as he scored twice and set up another in Colombia’s 6-0 demolition of Bahrain.

The striker has struggled to impress his Manchester United manager in recent weeks amid concerns over his fitness, but he showed no signs of rustiness with an impressive display in Riffa.

Having previously not found the back of the net since late January, Falcao was among the goals before the break with two composed finishes – albeit against slack defending – while he also created the opener for Carlos Bacca.

Substitute Adrian Ramos added a fourth for Colombia after 59 minutes, while Johan Mojica and Andres Renteria completed the rout in the closing minutes after Falcao had been replaced. 

Falcao’s night had been productive enough as Colombia began their Copa America preparations in perfect style.

Keen to impress ahead of the tournament in Chile, the visitors applied pressure to the Bahrain goal from kick-off and were denied an opener as early as the sixth minute as Juan Cuadrado saw an effort thud against the post.

It did not take long for the deadlock to be broken, though, as Falcao took centre stage in all three goals before the break.

The on-loan Monaco striker rose to head down a Juan Quintero chip for strike partner Bacca in the 15th minute, and the Sevilla man lashed home from seven yards.

Colombia were in complete control of proceedings and the inevitable second goal duly arrived two minutes after the half-hour mark, Falcao given plenty of time to compose himself inside the penalty area before firing past Sayed Jaafar.

The 29-year-old doubled his tally four minutes later as he raced through the centre of Bahrain’s defence, his low effort deflecting off a defender on its way in.

Falcao’s hat-trick should have arrived after 49 minutes as Bahrain failed to clear a free kick, but the striker’s lunge at the back post was not enough to seal his treble.

Two half-time substitutes then combined to extend Colombia’s lead, Fredy Guarin sliding a pass into Ramos, who converted his second goal in as many international appearances.

Falcao’s impressive display was brought to an end after 72 minutes, but Colombia were far from finished as Mojica and Renteria put a gloss on the win, capitalising on more poor defending with late goals.

Van Gaal is mistreating Man United stars – Van Hanegem

The former Netherlands international feels the form of Radamel Falcao and Angel Di Maria is down to the coach’s methods while he also criticised his lack of respect for Ryan Giggs

Louis van Gaal is mistreating his Manchester United players, according to Netherlands legend Willem van Hanegem, who criticised him for his lack of respect towards Ryan Giggs, Radamel Falcao and Angel Di Maria .

For the first time since taking the reins at Old Trafford, Van Gaal is facing a seemingly uncertain future with United’s top-four hopes hanging by a thread, and Van Hanegem, who featured for Netherlands at the 1974 World Cup, has hit out at his countryman’s managerial style.

The Feyenoord player criticised Van Gaal for his treatment of assistant Giggs, who was forced to deny any bad blood between himself and the United manager following the team’s late 1-0 win over Newcastle United.

Van Hanegem also slammed Van Gaal over Falcao after the embattled Colombian striker was banished to the under-21 side in midweek, while British record signing Di Maria has been substituted in consecutive Premier League matches as the Argentina star struggles to make an impact in Manchester.

“What I hate to see is how Van Gaal is treating Ryan Giggs,” Van Hanegem told the Daily Mirror .

“Louis has more attention for the other geezer next to him. But Louis forgets that we are talking here about Ryan Giggs.

“Louis has played for Telstar, FC Antwerp and Sparta Rotterdam. Giggs was a giant as a player. He deserves more respect than this.

“Falcao has proven over the past few years that he is one of the best strikers in the world. But at United he is being treated as if he was signed from an old fourth division club.

“Sometimes he’s allowed to play a few minutes, sometimes he is allowed to start, other times he sits 90 minutes on the bench, or even worse, in the stands.

“I can see there are more players not happy at United. Di Maria was one of the most important links in the chain at Real Madrid. In the World Cup he was the best player in the Argentina side.

“But at United he hasn’t been able to pass a ball over more than 25 yards most times.”