Friday 30 September 2016

Falcao on the way back to Monaco after United opt out

Ian Herbert

Published 25/05/2015 | 02:30

Manchester United have decided against signing Radamel Falcao on a permanent basis
Manchester United have decided against signing Radamel Falcao on a permanent basis

Manchester United have chosen not to sign Radamel Falcao on a permanent deal this summer, the club have confirmed.

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The 29-year-old was on a season-long loan from Monaco and United had the option to sign the Colombia international for £43.2m this summer, but it has already been decided the club will not activate the clause in his contract.

"Falcao is a top professional and a good human being," United manager Louis van Gaal said in a statement issued on the club's official website after the 0-0 draw with Hull. "On behalf of myself and everyone at the club I would like to wish him well for the future."

Hull City manager Steve Bruce offered a punishing verdict on his own performance, declaring in the aftermath of relegation that he had "not been good enough".

Though the commitment to Bruce, who signed a new three-year deal in March, was confirmed two weeks ago by the club's owner, Assem Allam, the manager said he would reflect on whether there was a future in the Championship for him at Hull.

"The supporters are quite unique," the 54-year-old said. "We've failed them and let them down. In August, I thought we were strong enough to cope with being in the Premier League. I will analyse myself more than anyone else. This raw emotion is that we simply haven't been good enough.

"Having been in this city for three years, I know a lot of the supporters fork out the money to get here.

"It's the highlight of their week to come here and see Premier League football. We've let them down. I've had a kicking at the minute and although I've always been up for a fight, I don't think it's the time now to be talking about myself. At the end of the day, I've not been good enough. I will reflect on that and have conversations with the owners."

Bruce did not question the decisions which ruled two Hull goals offside in the space of two minutes, reflecting instead that the draw was a measure of what "has happened too often" this season - a failure to score.

His side scored more goals than Burnley, Aston Villa and Sunderland and conceded fewer goals than those sides and Leicester City.

They could not, however, translate a materially better goal difference into points on the board and were relegated by a deficit of three points.

Van Gaal reserved criticism for Marouane Fellaini, who was dismissed for a studs-up tackle on Paul McShane and will miss the first three games of next season.

"For him it is unbelievably stupid because next season he starts on the tribune and then in preparation he starts as a sub," the Dutchman said.

(© Independent News Service)

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