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Falcao’s future increasingly uncertain

Aston-Villa-v-Manchester-United (2)Jorge Mendes, Radamel Falcao’s agent, has admitted he doesn’t know where his client will play next season but claimed the Colombian will almost certainly leave United if he’s not guaranteed a spot in the starting XI.

Having struggled with fitness issues since joining United on loan from Monaco last summer, the Colombian returned in the squad making four consecutive starts and scoring twice in the process, with his goals against Aston Villa and Stoke earning United two points. United’s number nine, however, was left out of the squad for Sunday’s defeat against Southampton for “tactical reasons” and his future at the club remains in doubt.

Falcao has scored three times in his seven league starts this season and his agent believes that were United to opt against offering the Colombian a permanent deal at the end of the season, the former Atletico Madrid man will not be short of suitors.

“He is a fantastic player, and I think it’s very difficult for Manchester United fans,” Mendes told Sky Italia. “They have an absolutely brilliant player, one of the very best in the world, who would without any doubt play 90 minutes of the match, every time, with any other club.

“The truth is, right now we don’t know what will happen. What we do know is that he will play in one of the very best clubs in the world next season, whether that is Manchester United or not. I am 100% sure of that. But you know how football works, we need to wait a little. We’ll see what happens.”

The 28-year-old was notified of his exclusion just a couple of hours before kick-off on Sunday, though Louis Van Gaal explained his decision to the striker at training on Monday.

United have a close relationship with Mendes, whose clients include David De Gea and Cristiano Ronaldo, and it’s still more than possible that Falcao will live up to his potential in the second half of the season, but some insists Van Gaal has doubts over the Colombian’s ability to adapt to the Premier League, while his fitness record is also a concern.