It wasn't supposed to be like this. When Radamel Falcao arrived through the gates of Carrington on transfer deadline day it looked like it was going to be so different. The final piece of the jigsaw. Man United went from finishing seventh to signing Di Maria and Falcao.
Fast forward one season, a much publicised u21 appearance and four Premier League goals and you now have Man United making the decision that everyone expected them to make. They have decided against shelling out £43.2m to make the 29 year old a permanent member of the squad.
#mufc can confirm that @Falcao has returned to Monaco after his loan spell with the Reds. http://t.co/S7ezdrjmhX pic.twitter.com/ND5vNP6E4R
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 24, 2015
Louis Van Gaal has given his very brief reaction to the Colombian's departure and it says quite a lot about his ill-fated spell.
Van Gaal: "Falcao is a top professional & a good human being. On behalf of everyone at #mufc, I would like to wish him well for the future." — Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 24, 2015
Ah, well that's a nice thing to say. Or, if you're reading between the lines, 'he's a lovely chap, shame he was shit for me'.