Former Newcastle United striker Faustino Asprilla has told IBTimes UK that he believes fellow Colombian Radamel Falcao could look to leave Manchester United this month because of how manager Louis van Gaal has treated him.
Falcao, 28, joined United on a season-long loan from Monaco in the summer, but has struggled with various injuries over the past few months, scoring just three goals in 13 total appearances so far.
After starting the previous five games, the former Atletico Madrid star was left out of the squad for the 1-0 home defeat to Southampton on the weekend for what Van Gaal deemed “tactical reasons”, and there have since been suggestions that the pair's relationship is reaching breaking point.
United have the option to sign him on a permanent basis for £42.3 million at the end of the season but, after the recent developments, Asprilla believes there is no chance his compatriot will want to remain in Manchester.
"The problem is not Falcao but the coach,” he said. “After playing well some games it is inexplicable he suddenly stop playing. The truth is that I do not known what Van Gaal is trying to do at United. And I think both players and fans are also confused. He does many changes without reasons.
"If Van Gaal continues he will leave," he continued. "I think it is a relationship that has already been broken. Falcao understands that the coach does not want him. I remember when I went to Newcastle Kevin Keegan wanted me. He supported me a lot and here it is obvious that Van Gaal does not trust Falcao.
"It can happen [even during the January transfer window]. Contracts in football are made to be broken. Everything can happen.”
Asprilla also added that Van Gaal has had major disputes with big-names stars throughout his managerial career, and believes that Falcao would have preferred a move to Real Madrid instead.
"At Barcelona it already happened with Riquelme and Rivaldo. It is wired that always happens with the South American players,” he said.
"I don't speak with Falcao about transfers but I think he was waiting until the very last minute to join Real Madrid because president Florentino Perez made him that promise.
"He felt betrayed by them because during two years they tried to brainwash him over a move to Real... then at the last minute chance to join United appeared and everybody wants to play for a club like them."
Falcao’s agent, Jorge Mendes, has also cast further doubt over his client’s United future following his Southampton axe, telling Sky Italia: “The truth is, right now we don't know what will happen.
“What we do know is that he will play in one of the very best clubs in the world next season, whether that is Manchester United or not.
"I am 100 percent sure of that. But you know how football works -- we need to wait a little. We'll see what happens."