Manchester United balls: Falcao cries, Di Maria sulks and boots don’t talk
Having been told by an insider that Radamel Falcao has been “reduced to tears” at Manchester United, the Sun leads with news that his teammate Angel Di Maria is sulking after Louis Van Gaal told him off for playing badly.
One page in and we get to see rheumy-eyed Falcao and read that the misfiring Colmbian will “walk out” on Manchster United unless he gets a “public show of faith” from Louis Van Gaal.
But how do you show faith in a player who has delivered a four-goal return for £285,000-a-week in wages? Does Van Gaal use a press confernce to declare that Falcao represents good value for money for his 12 starts and 22 appearances for United this season, proving his point with a dossier of printed graphs? Would anyone believe him? Would we think LVG unhinged?
The truth is not as the Sun presents it. Falcao is not having an hissy fit. What he says is:
“If the situation doesn’t change at Manchester United, I will have to find a new club. I will analyse the situation at the end of the season and I will decide what’s best for my future.”
That’s not exactly a threat to walk out on his one-year loan deal at United. If United don’t want him to stay, he will have to find a new club.
“I have to be professional and do the best I can when I play…. I will fight until the end at United.”
Controverial stuff from the star player in his PR offensive.
And what of the Sun’s other lead story that Di Maria is off?
“Sunsport revealed how Did Maria has told friends he is determined to make it work at United.”
So. Far from being two weak, sobbing South American imports, the actual story is of two players talking about doing their best.
Of course, the idea of these agent-fed non-stories is to reassure anyone who has seen both players’ stock fall that they are a lot better than they look on the actual pitch. Problem is that in football agenst can whip up interest, but only boots that do the real talking…