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Maradona calls Louis van Gaal the “devil” over Radamel Falcao treatment

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Manager Louis van Gaal has been at the helm as Manchester United has regained its footing in the Premier League’s top five.

Although he’s helped guide the Red Devils back to prominence, some have questioned the practicality of his methods, notably the handling of Radamel Falcao’s stay at Old Trafford.

The on-loan AS Monaco striker made the temporary switch to England’s top-tier in order to prove his goal-scoring ability in a more competitive league, and while many guessed this action was feasible, Falcao has only managed four goals and four assist in 20 league games.

Playing 72 minutes before being subbed off, he was even slotted into a U-21 competition against Tottenham’s youth side, another indication that his form was not up to snuff.

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Some argue that Van Gaal did not give Falcao a fair chance to establish himself in the lineup, and Argentine legend Diego Maradona is one of those folks.

Maradona lashed out at the Dutchman and pointed to an injury sustained in the World Cup as a possible inhibitor of Falcao’s level of play.

From Sky Sports:

Speaking at a press conference to promote a charity match in Bogota, Colombia, Maradona said: “Van Gaal is not a nice guy. 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,” Maradona said at the press conference shown on the YouTube channel of TV station Canal Capital.

In the end, putting the blame on Van Gaal ignores the fact that if Falcao was converting opportunities, he would likely get a substantial amount of time on the pitch. But the year is not done yet, and the Colombian was effective scoring three goals for his home country in a recent pair of friendlies, so you can’t rule out sudden success.