Columns: The End Of The Road For This £43.5 Million Manchester United Forward?

The writing seems to be on the walls for Radamel Falcao at Manchester United. A loanee from AS Monaco, Falcao was expected to continue his free scoring form before his knee injury for Monaco and sadly he has just not lived up to expectations and it seems that he isn’t in the plans for Louis Van Gaal either.

In the defeat at home to Southampton, Manchester United named James Wilson as the only striking substituted and decided to go with Angel Di Maria and Robin Van Persie as the forward pair, it was Rooney playing in the hole behind the strikers with Mata at his side.

Falcao was not injured or suspended but he was not even part of the team, he was seen in the bench but was not in the match day squad. Louis Van Gaal said that he did not want a second striker on the bench and that he needed room on the bench to cover other players who were returning from injury like Luke Shaw and Angel Di Maria.

It has been a rocky start to his Manchester United career with questions being raised about the loan deal and the salary he was getting paid. Falcao then got injured and was out for a quite a while before he made his return to the squad and it seemed that he was getting back to form after scoring a couple of goals but he has only made 11 appearances for the club this season and his return from the matches has been only 3 goals.

No room for the Colombian

Radamel Falcao
Radamel Falcao

As soon as the Colombian had signed for Manchester United there were some concerns as to how the Colombian would fit into the team. Falcao had just recovered from a major injury which caused him to miss the World Cup. He had regained enough strength to play first team football but could be cut it in the Premier League?

Falcao took quite a lot of time to gel into the side and was finally seeing the fruits of labour when he scored a couple of goals and seemed to be a real threat but this game just showed his position in the squad. Angel Di Maria was selected to play up top with Robin Van Persie, another striker who was low on confidence for some time for Manchester United.

There were talks of United pulling a coup when they got Falcao on loan and people questioned as to why they did not buy him outright, they do have the option to buy the Colombian at the end of the season for a reported £43.5 million but seeing the way his career has gone at Manchester United, he would probably be heading back to Monaco and playing in Ligue 1.

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Written by Dinesh V

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