With Radamel Falcao not even making the 18-man squad for United’s 1-0 defeat at home to Southampton, with James Wilson taking his place on the bench, the striker’s agent, Jorge Mendes, has confirmed that Falcao’s future is uncertain.

I don’t know. He is a fantastic player and I think it’s very difficult for Manchester United fans. They have an absolutely brilliant player, one of the very best in the world, who would without any doubt play 90 minutes, every time, with any other club. The truth is, now, we don’t know what will happen. What we do know is that he will play for one of the very best clubs in the world next season, whether that is Manchester United or not. I am 100 per cent sure of that. But you know how football works, we’ll see what happens.