Diego Maradona has launched a scathing attack on Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal over his treatment of Radamel Falcao, Mail Online reports.
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Falcao has not started a game for United since the 2-0 win against Sunderland at the end of February and has been a substitute in each of the last five matches, with van Gaal preferring a strike partnership of Wayne Rooney and Marouane Fellaini at the moment.
Since signing for the Old Trafford outfit on a season-long loan from Monaco last summer, the Colombian international has struggled to adapt to life in the Barclays Premier League, registering just four goals all season, but Maradona has come to the defence of his South American compatriot and has blamed the Dutch manager for the way he has handled the striker this season:
“Van Gaal is not a nice guy”. the Argentine legend said speaking at a press conference in Bogota, Colombia, to promote a charity match (via Mail Online)
“Van Gaal is closer to the devil than anything.”
“His time was cut short after the injury and he has to adapt to the move.” he added.
It remains to be seen whether Falcao can force his way into the United starting line-up for the huge Manchester derby on Sunday afternoon as they look to end City’s current dominance in previous meetings between the two sides.