Man United flop could take a year to settle, claims former Red Devils striker

first_imgFormer Manchester United striker Louis Saha believes it could take a full year for Radamel Falcao to adapt to the English game.The Red Devils pulled off, what many regarded as, the biggest coup of the summer transfer window when they signed the Colombian on a season-long loan from Monaco.The 29-year-old arrived at Old Trafford with a reputation as one of the most feared strikers on the planet, but six months on he has scored just four goals.Saha believes it may take Falcao 12 months to get used to the physicality of the English game, but whether he gets that time remains to be seen.United have the option to buy Falcao for £43million at the end of the season, but with every poor performance from the Colombian, that seems more and more unlikely.“When you are in a different formation or different management then you have to adapt. It could take three months, six months or maybe a year before you understand it,” Saha said.“It happens to even the best players.“It happened to Patrice Evra here. For the first six months he was struggling. He didn’t seem to understand the physical nature of the game in England. But he changed into a terrific player.“Falcao is under pressure because of his contract. As a striker you want to score. When there is that amount of money involved you are under pressure.”Falcao’s latest sub-par display came on Monday when he was substituted after an hour of United’s 3-1 FA Cup win at Preston.United improved after the former Porto striker was hooked and United scored three quick goals to snuff out any chance of an upset and advance to a quarter-final with Arsenal.Falcao missed the World Cup due to a serious knee injury he sustained in January and since he moved to England, he has been troubled by a calf complaint.Saha, who suffered his fair share of injury problems during his five years at Old Trafford, understands what the striker is going through, and is sure he will be a success at the club eventually.“It is very hard. It is the hardest time in your life,” Saha said when asked about the difficulty of returning from long-term injuries.“You need to work with a team full of confidence. When I was coming back I had some team mate scoring goals every week so it was easier for me to adapt and just pick up some goals here and there. The pressure wasn’t as big.“I have sympathy with Falcao. I have no doubts about him. I know how hard it is to be a striker. There is always a lot of competition at this club.“It is a battle. But he has the quality to do a great job here.” Radamel Falcao and Angel di Maria 1last_img read more

Neymar slammed for ‘pathetic’ antics during Brazil’s clash with Mexico

first_imgNeymar when he’s in “rolling around in pain” but magically recovers when the referee gives him a free kick… pic.twitter.com/LqiGCu4XFT— Zlatan Facts (@ZIatanFacts) July 2, 2018 *mexicans*neymar is such a bad actoralso mexicans: pic.twitter.com/feaw4RjKX3— gustavo (@gustavonever) July 2, 2018 Neymar is pathetic.— Matthew Lewis (@Mattdavelewis) July 2, 2018 Absolutely sick to death of Neymar he’s a very capable player in the prime of his career and he’s lucky enough to play in a world cup yet he chooses time and time again to spend the majority of the time rolling around.— Football Stands (@TheFootyStands) July 2, 2018 Angry Mexico fans give their impressions of Neymar 😂😂#WorldCup | #TSWorldCup pic.twitter.com/Wxkiw1WeKr— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) July 2, 2018 Neymar hits the deck during Brazil’s victory over Mexico FFS @neymarjr man. STOP IT. We are fed up of it. #BrazilvsMexico— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) July 2, 2018 There are few players in the world who divide opinion quite like Neymar.The Paris Saint-Germain star is technically blessed beyond belief and has developed into a talisman for his country. But for anyone not supporting the Selecao, watching the forward can be a somewhat tedious task.Having already incurred the wrath of fans for crying after the Costa Rica game, the 26-year-old has once again made a name for himself for all the wrong reasons.In the second half, Mexico defender Miguel Layun appeared to stand on Neymar’s leg – leaving him flopping and writhing around in pain.The theatrics annoyed supporters considering how well he had played until that point.After scoring the opening goal of the last-16 game, the former Barcelona man turned provider for Liverpool star Roberto Firmino as they advanced to the quarter-finals courtesy of the 2-0 win.But it was his supposed ‘play-acting’ which really agitated fans, as you can see from the Tweets below. 1 If I had a dollar every time neymar flopped pic.twitter.com/qGdcZEm5DS— She Wants The Chorizo 🍺 (@ShlWantsTheC) July 2, 2018last_img read more