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Manchester United's Radamel Falcao waves to supporters as he is substituted during the English Premier
League soccer match between Manchester United and Arsenal. AP PHOTO
Radamel Falcao has been told he
will not be coming back to Manches-
ter United next season.
United won a hotly-contested race
to sign the Colombia striker on loan
from Monaco last summer, but he has
scored just four goals in 29 appearances
for Louis van Gaal s side this season.
United had the chance to sign the
29-year-old on a permanent basis for
£43.2million, but Press Association
Sport understands the club have told
Falcao they will not exercise that
Falcao was regarded as one of the
best strikers in the world after suc-
cessful spells at Porto, Atletico Madrid
and Monaco, but he has looked any-
thing but a world-class forward since
moving to Old Trafford.
Colombia s all-time top scorer got
off the mark for United in his fourth
game - a 2-1 win over Everton.
But he only found the net three more
times after that fixture in October and
has not scored in his last 13 matches.
Falcao was left out of United s squad
for the final game of the season at Hull
yesterday through injury, according to
The striker bade farewell to the Unit-
ed fans last week when he came off in
the second half of the 1-1 draw against
Arsenal at Old Trafford.
Falcao has lacked the explosive pace
and eye for goal upon which he built
His progress has been hindered by
a failure to recover from a serious knee
injury he suffered playing for Monaco
in March last year.
Van Gaal refused to discuss Falcao s
future following the goalless draw at
Hull, which sent the Tigers down to
the Sky Bet Championship.
Van Gaal said: "I don t say if Falcao
will go today. Today is about the game
and not the decisions we have made.
You will hear it at the proper time and
when Manchester United want."
Several more players could follow
out of the exit door at United.
Doubts remain over Anders Linde-
gaard, Jonny Evans, Rafael, Angel di
Van Gaal says
bye to Falcao
Rio Ferdinand has described being
"overwhelmed" by the support he
received from football fans after his
The former England captain said
Rebecca Ellison s battle with cancer
was "the most difficult period" for
his family and paid tribute to her as
"an incredibly brave woman".
A host of football s star names,
including Sir Alex Ferguson and for-
mer Manchester United team-mate
Nemanja Vidic, turned out for the
34-year-old Ms Ellison s funeral, the
Queens Park Rangers star added.
Writing in The Sun, he said: "It
has been the most difficult period of
my life, what with managing the
emotions of our three children and
watching such a great woman as my
wife Rebecca die without being able
to do anything about it. "After Rebec-
ca died, we held a service on a lovely
sunny day which was arranged to
perfection. Rebecca was an organi-
sational freak and planned much of
it herself while the kids picked the
music. She wanted it to be celebration
of her life rather than a morbid occa-
sion and it went just the way she
would have liked." He thanked the
world of football for its good wishes,
including fans at his former clubs
West Ham and Manchester United
as well as Liverpool.
"The day it was announced that
Rebecca had died, we were over-
whelmed by message of support...The
kids saw it all and were telling me,
Look dad, have you seen what they
are doing for Mum? Those are good
memories for them," he said.
"It was refreshing to see such com-
passion in the game, with tribalism
removed." The couple married in
August 2009 in the Caribbean on
Peter Island in the British Virgin
Islands. The footballer rented the
entire 1,800-acre resort for their
They have three children Lorenz,
nine, Tate, six, and four-year-old
According to reports, Ellison died
after a battle with breast cancer.
Ferdinand, 36, also said he felt
"guilty" about not being able to play
a full part in QPR s season, during
which they were relegated from the
His wife s battle was only known
within an intimate circle of family
and friends and other players at the
club were unaware why he was
unavailable for selection, the player
Maria, Adnan Januzaj, Robin van
Persie, Nani and Javier Hernan-
Van Gaal will look to clear out
a few of those players to make
way for new signings, but the for-
mer Barcelona coach knows he
may not get his own way.
"The transfer period is a
process. I know which players have
to go and which have to come but
you never know if they go or if
they come because it will depend
on a lot of aspects," he said.
Van Gaal will fly to his villa in
Portugal this week after a draining
The 63-year-old only had a
two-day break between the end
of the World Cup and taking
charge of United. He is looking
forward to a holiday but will have
his phone close by his side.
"I go on holiday but I have con-
tact with (executive vice-chair-
man) Ed Woodward every day as
he is doing the negotiations," Van
Gaal told MUTV.
"It shall be a heavy (busy) hol-
Ferdinand 'overwhelmed' by support
Rio Ferdinand and his late wife
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