David May: Why Man United should stick with Radamel Falcao
David May says Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao needs to rediscover his confidence
Manchester United should stick with Radamel Falcao beyond his season-long loan spell, according to David May.
The Colombia international has struggled to make any impression at Old Trafford despite the 29-year-old’s prolific reputation from his spells at Atletico Madrid and Porto.
Falcao has scored just four goals and has made four assists in 16 Premier League appearances, and has completed just 938 minutes of top-flight action during a injury-hit campaign.
I think it’s a confidence thing with him. I’d stick with him
He once again struggled to make an impact during Monday night’s 3-1 FA Cup win at Preston North End and was substituted after 60 mintes.
But when asked if the striker has a United future beyond his loan spell, May told The Sport Review: “He needs to be given time.
“I don’t think the other players around him are creating enough chances for him. He’s had a couple of chances where he should’ve scored but every forward goes through them.
“Even [Sergio] Aguero, [Diego] Costa, [Raheem] Sterling and [Daniel] Sturridge all miss chances.
“I think it’s a confidence thing with him. It’s his first year in the Premier League and while he’ll be disappointed he hasn’t scored more goals, I’d stick with him.”
United manager Louis van Gaal has the option to make Falcao’s move from Monaco permanent in the summer, but May wants the Reds Devils to try and lure Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford if the Dutchman is given a significant transfer budget.
May added: “I’d go and get Ronaldo.”
May, who won two Premier League titles during his United career, has been impressed with British-record signing Angel di Maria despite the Argentine’s patchy form in recent weeks.
“Di Maria’s impressed me. I’ve seen everything he did in Madrid. He’s just finding his form again. He’s been injured, that put him off his stride, but he’s just getting back to his best now,” May continued.