Radamel Falcao could take a year to settle, says former Man United star

Louis Saha defends under-pressure Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao

Louis Saha has come out in support of under-fire Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao, claiming the Colombian needs to be given time.

The Colombia international has failed to re-discover his form in a red shirt, scoring only four goals in 19 appearances, following his loan move from Monaco last summer.

Another anonymous performance during the week against Preston North End has prompted even more criticism of the forward, but former United striker Saha has defended the South American.

“When you are in a different formation or different management then you have to adapt. It could take three months, six months or maybe a year before you understand it,” Saha told talkSPORT.

“It happens to even the best players. It happened to Patrice Evra here. For the first six months he was struggling. He didn’t seem to understand the physical nature of the game in England. But he changed into a terrific player.”

‘What a waste of money’ rang around Deepdale on Monday Night as Falcao was withdrawn around the hour mark, despite United still needing a goal.

United have the option to keep Falceo beyond the summer, but as it stands, it is difficult to see Louis van Gaal spending £43m to keep the £265,000-a-week Colombian at Old Trafford.

“Falcao is under pressure because of his contract. As a striker you want to score. When there is that amount of money involved you are under pressure,” Saha added.

With his time running out, Falcao will be hoping for another chance to impress when United visit Swansea on Saturday.

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