'I'll help Falcao come through difficult moment' – Pekerman vows to help misfiring striker

The out-of-sorts forward has scored just four goals since joining the club on loan from Monaco in the summer but his national team coach insists he will restore his confidence

Colombia coach Jose Pekerman has vowed to help misfiring Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao come through “a difficult moment” during the upcoming international break.

Falcao has struggled since joining United on a hugely expensive loan deal from Monaco in the summer, scoring just four goals in 18 Premier League appearances.

The striker was even picked for the club’s Under-21 side earlier this month, with his former agent claiming that he found the experience “weird”, while Louis van Gaal was forced to deny that he was humiliating the 29-year-old.

Despite his struggles, Pekerman is set to give Falcao the chance to showcase his talents in friendlies against Bahrain and Kuwait next week, and the coach says he will try to restore the star’s confidence during his time with the national side.

He said: “It’s a huge problem that we need to resolve; this problem is as large as the sadness that Falcao is going through right now.

“I feel I need to support him because I understand how hard it is for him and the difficult moment he is experiencing. I want to work with him again and help him restore his confidence.”

“I know Falcao’s strengths, his mentality and his fighting spirit and I’ve never doubted that he’ll come out the other side. He’s in a bad moment, but he’s looking after himself and this week is going to be very important for him.”

Pekerman stopped short of blaming Van Gaal for Falcao’s predicament, though he insists he on the attacker’s side “on a human level”.

“Without being there you can’t really comment about these matters,” Pekerman added.

“In terms of decisions taken regarding coaching methods, players the manager chooses or in which team a player plays for, I don’t think I should comment on that.

“I’m on Falcao’s side because I know that he’s suffering and he deserves the opportunity to work better and to have his chance to show that he’s okay. But it’s not my job to judge the decisions of another coach.”

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