Louis van Gaal is like 'the devil'... Manchester United boss blasted by Diego Maradona for treatment of transfer flop Radamel Falcao

The Argentina legend launches a scathing attack on the United boss following his goalscoring appearance in Colombian charity match.

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Outspoken Argentine Diego Maradona has compared Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal to the devil over his management of Radamel Falcao this season.

The Colombian, on loan at Old Trafford from Monaco, has netted just four Premier League goals since moving to England eight months ago, and hasn’t started a game for the Red Devils since February.

Speaking at a press conference in the Colombian capital of Bogota to promote a charity match, former World Cup winner Maradona insisted that Falcao had not been given a fair chance at the club, remarking that "Van Gaal is not a nice guy. [He] is closer to the devil than anything."

"His time was cut short after the injury and he has to adapt to the move," added the Argentine in reference to the serious knee problem that kept the striker out of Colombia’s impressive 2014 World Cup campaign.

Van Gaal has the opportunity to sign Falcao permanently for just over £43m this summer but, while the forward remains on the Old Trafford bench and continues to be blighted by niggling injuries, such a move seems unlikely.

On the pitch, Maradona showed that he still possesses the skill that made him one of the game’s greats.

In the 'Game for Peace', organised to support the Colombian government’s ongoing peace process , the 54-year-old scored the winning goal with a cooly taken penalty.

Diego Maradona takes on three men in Colombia's 'Game For Peace'

Former Aston Villa forward Juan Pablo Angel goes close in Colombia's 'Game For Peace'

Maradona’s girlfriend Rocio Oliva also took part in the match that featured a number of former Colombian internationals including the ex-Aston Villa forward Juan Pablo Angel and Freddy Rincon.