Van Gaal behind poor Di Maria and Falcao performances, says South American expert.

Louis van Gaal’s man-management style could be the reason behind the poor displays of Argentine winger Angel di Maria and Colombia striker Radamel Falcao this season at Old Trafford, says football expert Tim Vickery.

Both players, Falcao and Di Maria signed for Manchester United last summer with the Colombian striker securing a one-year loan deal and the latter securing a permanent move from Real Madrid.

They didn't lived up to expectations, and Falcao was subsequently sent back to French club Monaco.

However, Vickery reckons United boss Van Gaal didn't do enough to help the players adapt to the Premier League.

“I think maybe we have to point a finger at Louis van Gaal. His track record with South American players isn’t very good,” the South American expert talkSPORT.

“Back in October there were already rumours coming out in Argentine press that he [Di Maria] wasn’t happy and there was something wrong there.

“Sometimes these South American players need a little more of the personal touch. So perhaps that is the common denominator behind the poor performances of both Di Maria and Falcao.”

Angel Di Maria - who is with the Argentina squad - has been linked with a move to Bayern Munich and PSG, but recently expressed his desire to remain at Old Trafford to prove his worth.

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