Radamel Falcao García Zárate arrived at Manchester United to much fanfare and high hopes that he could be the next big star at Old Trafford. But after just 4 goals in 21 appearances, has he shown enough to make his loan deal permanent? Here are 5 reasons why Falcao can still succeed at Manchester United;
1. Falcao is a pure goal-scorer
‘Form is temporary, class is permanent’
Although Radamel Falcao has only found the net 4 times in 21 appearances, it’s clear from his time at FC Porto and Atletico Madrid that Radamel Falcao is a natural goal-scorer. A complete out and out striker, whose only task is to find the back of the net. And they don’t come much better than the Colombian, who is rated as one of the best in the world. While defences were much slender with Monaco in Ligue 1, Falcao has the ability to motor past nearly every defender in the world and score on the slightest of chances.
2. Louis Van Gaal
Having proven his mettle at some of the biggest clubs in the world, Louis Van Gaal is starting to take Manchester United forward. What’s more is that the tactician is excellent when it comes to man management and like Sir Alex Ferguson and knows how to get the best out of his players. Even though he dropped Falcao to the under 21’s for a few games, this could have been just the motivation that the Colombian needed to come back to the first team better than ever. There are 10 games remaining in the Premier League for Falcao to put a strong scoring run together.
3. The presence of Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie
Top stars relish each other’s presence on the field. They are sometimes so technically and tactically ahead of their lesser teammates and they need an equal partner to succeed. And luckily for Falcao, Rooney and Van Persie bring that class to the field at Old Trafford. Both are experienced hit men and rated amongst the best in the world, meaning that Falcao does have a springboard for success. Injuries and different tactical formations have meant that this potent attacking triangle have not played many games together, but given an extended run to gel together, both United and Falcao will reap the benefits in the English Premier League.
4. Possible long-term deal
According to reports, Falcao ‘wants to become a hero’ at Old Trafford. He may have been scooped up out of the blue from Monaco, but he is keen on making his mark at Old Trafford and the Red Devils themselves have negotiated a buyout clause that could take him beyond a season-long loan. That also makes sense financially, considering that United have already splashed out a hefty fee for a one year loan and don’t have UEFA Champions League revenue to balance the books.
5. United play football that suits him
Under Sir Alex Ferguson, United were renowned for their use of wingers in the modern game, where the majority of the play was undertaken from the centre. And that continued reliance on speedy wing play has surfaced again under Louis Van Gaal, albeit in a more refined approach. And for Radamel Falcao, once he has time to gel with his new wingers, it will bode extremely well for a profitable goal tally considering that he can scored on the smallest of chances. He has the likes of Angel Di Maria and Ashley Young to provide quality service from the flanks.
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