Three reasons why Radamel Falcao should have Man United future
Steven Prince takes a look at why Radamel Falcao can salvage his career at Old Trafford
Man United are not blessed with goals
Under previous regimes, well one previous, long-term regime, Manchester United were the definition of swashbuckling, cavalier, attacking football. This has not been the case in 2014/15. After a much-maligned draw against West Ham where the chief tactic towards the end of the game was the long-ball, the fact is no player from Old Trafford has reached double figures in terms of goal-scoring, with Robin van Persie topping the charts with nine. Radamel Falcao has scored four of United’s 40 league goals and at times he appeared to be a peripheral figure at the club since his surprise loan move in September. While the Colombian has struggled, admittedly Louis van Gaal has not played a style of football which will optimise his talents. While Wayne Rooney and Van Persie have the ability to create their own chances, Falcao is more the final link in the chain – or the archetypal number nine – a role he performed so well at Porto and Atletico Madrid.
Falcao wants to make it at United
Upon signing for the club, Falcao stated his desire to play for England’s record league champions and hoping to make his stay in the north west as long and as prosperous as possible. With Monaco trying to reduce their sizeable, potash-igarch funded wage bill, the Colombian’s days in the principality are seemingly numbered. The sheer desire of the 29-year-old (happy birthday Radamel by the way) to play for the club must mean that he will turn round his current spate of average performances. If Falcao is to have a future at the club, he will need to start scoring more goals. Simple as that. After all, he will need to justify what would be a sizeable wage packet, especially if the vultures of financial fair play swoop around their accounts, when United make their return to European competition.
Falcao is still recovering from his severe knee injury
Since injuring his ACL while playing for Monaco in 2014 and missing out on the World Cup, Falcao has only played 19 league games. After suffering such a serious injury, it will naturally take time for the player to return to his dynamic and predatory best. Falcao needs game time but at present, he is not the threat he was in Spain and Portugal. In his so far inauspicious start at United, Falcao has already scored some crucial goals for his prospective buyers. The next games for both the club and the player will be key in determining his future. United should consider that Falcao is not back to his previous self, but they should also consider that signing the Colombian will send out a message that Manchester United can still attract a certain calibre on high-profile footballer, despite not being involved in European competition. Keep Falcao, and it will maintain their reputation of attracting the best to the alleged Theatre of Dreams.