Falcao is not a flop but he needs to be loved at United, says Monaco chief.

Radamel Falcao is still one of the best in the world but is lacking some love from United.

The Colombian striker secured a one year loan deal from Monaco to Manchester United on transfer deadline day last summer.

Since his arrival he has scored four goals for the Reds, hasn’t met the standards set by himself at Porto and Atletico Madrid and despite his current form which has seen Louis van Gaal drop the 29-year-old a few times, Vadim Vasilyev said the striker needs to feel trusted.

‘I am not worried for Falcao,’ said Vasilyev. ‘He is a great player and goal scorer. Mentally he is strong and technically he is one of the best. Sometimes you have a difficult spell, and little things make the difference. It can be the trust of the coach.

‘Football has many examples of amazing players who go from one team to another and are not the same, then go back and explode.

‘After a difficult period you need support, you need confidence.’ Falcao’s contract ties him to Monaco until 2018 and his £280,000-a-week wage is a huge commitment from any club outside the French tax haven.

‘It is always possible he can play for Monaco again,’ said Vasilyev. ‘We have interest from other great clubs but we are waiting for the decision of Manchester United.’


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