Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann has lambasted Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal for making Radamel Falcao play with the club's Under-21 side, saying the decision to demote the striker is a “disgrace”.
The 29-year-old has had a torrid time at Old Trafford since his arrival on a season-long loan from French side Monaco and has not played for the first team since the victory over Gus Poyet's Sunderland last month, the reason which must have made Van Gaal to drop Falcao into the reserves for their game against Tottenham on Tuesday night.
And, Hamann insists the Dutchman has shown huge disrespect to the striker.
"He has been fit for eight weeks and to stick him in there is a disgrace," the Germany international told talkSPORT.
"Don’t you think he deserves a little bit more respect from the manager? Putting him in the Under-21s is the ultimate demotion you can face as a senior player.
"I played games [for the reserve side] when I was injured and it was not a problem. But when you are not in the team and have been fit for six to eight weeks and have been put in there, that is the ultimate demotion.
"The best players have got huge belief in their own ability and they have got a certain standing and you can't treat a Falcao like you treat a Chris Smalling or Jonny Evans.
"He may have lost the player now and I will be very surprised if he plays a role between now and the end of the season."
Written by @Chukkymufc