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Van Gaal’s like a devil: Maradona

Diego Maradona has compared Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal to the devil for his treatment of Radamel Falcao.

“Van Gaal is not a nice guy. Van Gaal is closer to the devil than anything,” Maradona said when asked about the former Holland coach’s handling of the Colombian striker.

Falcao has scored only four goals for United since his loan move from Monaco this season.

Maradona, who was speaking at a press conference for a charity match in Bogota, Colombia, was at Old Trafford to watch United lose to Liverpool last year.

He believes Falcao’s recovery from a serious knee injury, which ruled him out of last year’s World Cup, has made it harder for him to adapt to English football.

“His time was cut short after the injury and he has to adapt to the move,” Maradona said at the press conference shown on the YouTube channel of TV station Canal Capital.

24 goals for country

Two weeks ago, Falcao had reached 24 goals in 56 appearances for Colombia, just one behind the country’s all-time record scorer Arnoldo Iguaran.

The 29-year-old had hoped that that would boost his confidence on his return to the club.

But he had only 13 minutes of action as a substitute in yesterday week’s 3-1 win over Aston Villa and looks set to be on the bench again in tonight’s Manchester Derby.

Source: PA Sport

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