Falcao to Man Utd was a mistake, says Monaco boss
Monaco manager Leonard Jardim says Manchester United do not need Radamel Falcao – and that the Colombia international made a mistake in joining them.
Falcao is currently on a season-long loan at Old Trafford from Monaco, but has struggled to make an impression in the Premier League.
United paid a £6m loan fee to land the 29-year-old and have an option to buy him for £45m in the summer. But it looks increasingly unlikely that they will take up that offer.
Jardim believes it was a mistake to join the Red Devils in the first place because of the competition for places and the established partnership between Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie. He says Falcao should have gone to Chelsea or Liverpool.
He told The Sun: “I don’t know if he made a mistake to join United.
“In the last days of August I was thinking Falcao would leave — but I thought he’d go to another club.
“In England other teams wanted him. But I didn’t think United would be the ones taking him as they had Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney.
“Maybe they did not need him. It’s my opinion but not my decision to make.”
He added: “I think other clubs needed him more, such as Chelsea, Manchester City or Liverpool.
“I think at that moment it would have been easier to go to Chelsea, Liverpool or even Real Madrid.”
Falcao was an unused substitute as United slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Swansea City on Saturday.
He has just four goals in 16 Premier League games to date.