Just to make one thing clear, Falcao is an absolutely fantastic player, who probably is one of the best players in the world beside the likes of Messi and Ronaldo.
The potential arrival of Falcao in United will spell exclusion for a number of players - mainly players operating in the attacking department. Sir Alex Ferguson will unlikely be keen to drop his current top scorer Robin van Persie and would probably team the two marksman together to form a deadly partnership upfront.
Looking at Falcao's key qualities - his strength, speed, aerial ability and finishing - he should be able to compliment Van Persie well. Van Persie has the ability to retain possession of the ball and weave it through to his fellow players; he also has deadly accuracy with his left foot and will be able to score given half a chance.
Now that we have two strikers upfront, Javier Hernandez will probably play a bit part role in United's future campaigns or he may very well leave to fund the arrival of Falcao. Either way, his existence in the team would unfortunately be severely limited given his striker’s instinct and goal scoring ability.
Wayne Rooney plays comfortably in an attacking midfield position, just behind the strikers and has the brain and technique to carve out chances for the two men ahead of him. He also has a mean long shot and given the time and space will be allowed to unleash thunderous shots into the back of the opposing net. Defenders will naturally have their hand full the Dutch and Colombian international, leaving the United talisman free to fire away.
Danny Welbeck has excellent ball control, dribbling ability and a fantastic work rate. He would work well on the wings and could do very well in his potential role as a winger thus not jeopardising his place in the lineup given that his preferred position would be as a striker. Seeing as how there would now be three superior options ahead of him in this department, he may be pushed out to the flanks to assume a new role.
Shinji Kagawa has shown that he is more effective in the middle and also enjoys playing a similar role to where Rooney will be operating in. There will not be space for two players "in the hole" and most likely Kagawa would have to take a back seat in this case.
Players such as Nani, Valencia and Young will also have to watch their backs as the Red Devils would look to implement a new system.
Taking everything into consideration, United do not need another striker in their ranks unless they plan to offload a few attacking players and shuffling squad roles to accommodate Falcao. Younger players will have their chances limited and their developments stunted due to this. United does not have the financial depth as their neighbours and may want to invest their money strengthening the defence and midfield areas of the squad.
No fan would deny the arrival of Radamel Falcao into their team but the fact is, if he does come to the Theatre of Dreams - sacrifices will have to be made to fit him into the intricate balance at Old Trafford.
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