Man Utd yet to decide on Falcao's future

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Falcao's United future still undecided
Falcao's United future still undecided

Manchester United are yet to make a decision on Radamel Falcao's future despite reports in France suggesting he would not make a permanent move to Old Trafford next summer.

United won to sign Falcao on a season-long loan from Monaco last summer, with a £43.5m deal believed to be in place to make the move permanent if the Premier League club give the move their approval.

Stories in France on Wednesday claimed United had informed Monaco they would not be exercising their option to buy Falcao on a permanent deal, but United have let it be know that such a decision has not been made.

It is understood United manager Louis van Gaal will wait until May before deciding whether he wants to make the loan move for the 29-year-old permanent.

Despite a slow start, the Old Trafford hierarchy insisted at the turn of the year that Falcao would come good.

Senior sources were said to be impressed by Falcao's work ethic, which they compared to that of world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo, who enjoyed six successful years at Old Trafford before moving to his current club Real Madrid.

Falcao is likely to get an extended run in the first team in the coming weeks as Robin van Persie is out with an ankle injury he sustained in the 2-1 defeat at Swansea on February 21.

Although he failed to score in the following fixture, Falcao won the penalty that led to United's first goal in their 2-0 win over Sunderland last Saturday, meaning he has notched just four goals in 20 appearances for the club.