The Argentine football legend Diego Maradona compares Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal to a devil for his treatment of Radamel Falcao.
The striker, who came on loan Monaco in the fall, has not fulfilled the great expectations and in four months he has only scored four goals.
The Columbian has been pushed out in the cold by Van Gaal, who has put him on the bench in the last five games. Earlier this year, Falcao also had play with the reserves, something many thought was humiliating for the highly paid profile.
At a press conference in the Colombian capital Bogota, in connection with a charity match, Maradona had this to say about Van Gaal:
- Van Gaal is not a nice guy, Maradona said when asked about the Dutchman's handling of Falcao.
- Van Gaal is closer to the devil than anything.
Louis van Gaal has often had to answer questions about why Falcao is not performing. Earlier this season, he said the following to the BBC:
- We try to find a solution to the problem. You can give fantastic performances in another country but not in the country that you are present for. That is not the first example and it will not be the last example.
Furthermore Van Gaal justifies the wrecking of the superstar in that he calls stiff competition for the striker place in the team, as opposed to how it was in Monaco.
- In a club like Manchester United it is more difficult than in a minor club because here he has his competitors. Now Wayne (Rooney) is playing there and Wayne is scoring so you always have to compare players with each other but you need also luck, Van Gaal says.
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