He still believes in Falcao despite his poor run on loan with United. Mascherano is convinced Falcao still has the class that sets him apart.
Argentina will face Colombia in a quarterfinal clash and Mascherano is still wary of the misfiring Colombian.
“I have not only played against Radamel Falcao, but also in the same team as him with River Plate. I know him very well,” Mascherano told reporters.
“Obviously, he is a player with a a very important role. He is still missing some continuity after a very serious injury. He tried his best to be able to play the World Cup, but he could not.
“After this, the most important thing is to play a lot of minutes and, for different circumstances, he could not do that at his club even though Falcao has demonstrated that he is one of the best you can find at a worldwide level.
“It is a matter of time. I have no doubt that at some point, the best Falcao will show. I hope that this won’t happen [on Friday].”