Diego Forlan: Man United putting too much pressure on Radamel Falcao
Diego Forlan defends under-fire Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao
Diego Forlan has defended Radamel Falcao after recent criticism of the Manchester United striker.
The Colombia international missed a host of chances after he was recalled to the United starting line-up for their 2-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road last weekend.
The 28-year-old Europa League winner has scored two goals and has made one assist following his return to the Red Devils side after a series of injury problems.
Former United striker Forlan struggled to find his feet at Old Trafford despite a prolific Atletico Madrid career, and the Uruguayan can sympathise with his fellow South American’s struggles.
“There was pressure on him to make it back for the World Cup last summer with Colombia. Maybe too much, for it was unrealistic,” Forlan is quoted as saying by Manchester Evening News.
“Falcao had played very little football when he signed for Manchester United, the world’s greatest football club.
“Because Falcao had built this huge reputation and because he was earning a lot of money, great things were expected, but it was never going to be straightforward.
“Nobody comes back from a serious injury and is the same after a month or even three months.
“You should play in the reserves. You get your muscle back and regain your match rhythm.
“Psychologically, you need to build your confidence back up and you hope there are no complications. Even in a settled side it’s hard.”
The former Atletico and Porto striker has scored just three goals in 13 Premier League appearances following his season-long loan move to Old Trafford from Monaco in the summer transfer window.
Falcao netted 41 times in 51 top-flight appearances during two seasons at Porto, before he bagged 52 goals in 68 La Liga appearances during his two campaigns with Los Rojiblancos.