Radamel Falcao is currently in the headlines and not for the reasons we’d usually expect him to be. The on-loan Colombian striker’s performances for Manchester United have been under scrutiny of late, as the once labelled ‘best finisher in football’, continues to disappoint in his first season in England.
Falcao joined United on deadline day last summer from Ligue 1 side AS Monaco, on an initial season-long loan worth a reported £6m. United have the option to make the deal permanent in the summer for in excess of £40m should ‘El Tigre’ fit into club manager Louis Van Gaal’s much publicised philosophy. Though injury had disrupted his season in France, it was seen as somewhat of a coup by Van Gaal to bring the hitman to Old Trafford. Since becoming a Red, Falcao has only found the net 4 times in 15 appearances, failing to nail down a first team spot in the process.
In Manchester United’s recent FA Cup win over nearby Preston North End, the Colombian was for the most part a spectator, and was even outshone by veteran opposition striker Kevin Davies, in a game that saw the League One minnows lead. Falcao offered very little in terms of goal threat, and to sum up his contribution, the commentator covering the game stated that, “The game changed when Ashley Young replaced Radamel Falcao”, which may sound ridiculous to even the most casual of football fans.
It is evident that Falcao has had some issues settling into his new club, and whether United will be willing to pay such big money for him when his loan expires remains to be seen. At 29, he is at an age where strikers tend to be at the peak of their powers, yet it seems as if he has never really recovered from the serious knee injury that kept him from competing in last year’s World Cup in Brazil. Furthermore, Van Gaal is still unsure as to what his best XI is, and his constant tinkering is making it difficult for the player to get a run of games under his belt, thus hampering his progress at the club.
There are no doubts that Falcao is one of football’s finest attackers. In contrast, there’s the fear that he may never return to the form he once did for former clubs Atletico Madrid and FC Porto. With fans divided on the topic, it is definitely something that will be watched very closely by fans of the club in the coming months.
Get rid of Falcao. I want Chicharito back
— Hercule Poibro (@LewisGD) February 18, 2015
And just because its not working with Falcao replace him with Cavani. Switch to either 4-4-2 or 4-3-3 then watch us go back to our best
— Gary Wilson (@garrywilson520) February 18, 2015
@theredsunited I wouldn’t give up on Falcao yet. He’s a proven goalscorer at the top level. Tactics and poor quality around him not helping
— George hunt (@dodhunt86) February 18, 2015
@theredsunited Imagine thinking last season we would say should Fellaini start ahead of Falcao
Falcao hasn’t been good enough, RvP was rubbish again today and we just aren’t the working the keeper enough. Get rid of both in the summer.
— Lee (@lee20495) February 21, 2015
Van Gaal should start playing Rooney and Wilson in the forward position,and ditch RVP and Falcao. #Rubbish
— Churchman Duza (@slimduza) February 21, 2015
I say sell RVP. Send Falcao back. Ands get @Cristiano back!
— United For Life (@UnitedsRed) February 22, 2015