Dietmar Hamann: Louis van Gaal can’t treat Radamel Falcao like Chris Smalling or Jonny Evans

Dietmar Hamann: Louis van Gaal can’t treat Radamel Falcao like Chris Smalling or Jonny Evans

Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann has slammed Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal’s treatment of Radamel Falcao this season, reports talkSPORT.

Falcao, 29, earned a reputation as one of the most dangerous strikers in world football during spells with Porto, Atletico Madrid and Monaco, but he has been a major disappointment since joining United on a year-long loan deal from Monaco.

He has only scored four goals in the league, though he has also registered four assists, and he has been an unused substitute in the club’s last two matches.

The 29-year-old played in the club’s Under-21 game against Tottenham on Tuesday, though he failed to score.

Falcao's league goals this season

Falcao’s league goals this season

Reports: Radamel Falcao could be set to start against Tottenham after under-21 blank

Hamann believes Van Gaal’s treatment of Falcao may have caused the relationship between the pair to break down, and speaking to talkSPORT, he said: “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.”

Falcao won a penalty on his last start against Sunderland

Falcao won a penalty on his last start against Sunderland

United have the option to sign the Colombia international from Monaco on a permanent basis at the end of the season for £43.2 million, as reported by The Telegraph, but they are unlikely to take it up unless there is a dramatic improvement in his form.

Van Gaal’s side were knocked out of the FA Cup on Monday after being 2-1 by Arsenal at home, and they are currently fourth in the table, though Liverpool, Southampton, and Tottenham are all in hot pursuit. The Red Devils take on Tottenham in a crucial league game this weekend.

Falcao has averaged 60% shot accuracy in the league this season, more than any other United forward.