For many, the signing of Robin van Persie helped Manchester United reclaim their status of power in the transfer market.
For years, Manchester City and Chelsea have been the big spenders, with the likes of Eden Hazard, Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure and Juan Mata joining the Premier League.
However, Robin van Persie's move to Manchester United last summer was seen as a statement of intent from Sir Alex Ferguson – who was battling Manchester City for the Dutchman's signature. Sir Alex and Manchester United proved they could still lure the world's greatest players to the club, showing that the history and magnitude of success at United will always remain paramount for the world's greatest talents.
The latest talent to be linked with every major club in Europe is Radamel Falcao, the Atletico Madrid forward. The 27-year-old has been on the radar of Chelsea and Manchester City since the beginning of last year now. However, Manchester United recently joined the hunt for the star.
The Colombian hit-man is one of the elite forwards in the game. He is quick, possesses exceptional technique, is powerful in the air and clinical in the box. In essence, he is one of the best strikers in the game today.
However – there is no logical reason for United to move in for Falcao. With the club's owners, the Glazers, neck-high in debt, money would be far better off spent in other areas of the pitch.
The club spent £24million on Robin van Persie last year, who had just turned 29-years-old. Falcao is now 27 years of age, and valued at twice the price of the Dutchman.
United would have to pay twice the amount they did for van Persie for Falcao. It wouldn’t be worth it.
The arrival of Falcao would presumably see the departure of one of United's many forwards. Robin van Persie certainly isn't going anywhere, Wayne Rooney – despite being linked with PSG – is on the verge of being offered a new deal, Danny Welbeck is a local lad who Ferguson rates highly. Which means the likely casualty would be Javier Hernandez. Something the Mexican simply does not deserve.
Since moving to United, Hernandez has been wholly professional in his attitude to development and progression. The 'Little Pea' is always seen smiling – and never causes a fuss when left on the bench. He has been linked with a move away from United – but has always denied these rumours.
Hernandez, 24, may not be on the same level as Radamel Falcao – but that’s not to
say he never will be. He has scored 16 goals in 28 appearances this term, plenty of them coming from the bench.
A transfer window gives clubs the opportunity to re-build, re-think, re-plan for the following campaign. Any of you guys who have read my previous posts on this site will know I doubt the current Manchester United midfield.
Michael Carrick has excelled in the middle of the park this season, but has lacked able support in a box-to-box role alongside him. Phil Jones appears more than capable, but Sir Alex see's his future at centre half – injuries have not helped either.
The side have also struggled with its wide play this season. Ashley Young, Luis Nani and Antonio Valencia have all had dire seasons to date. With Wilfried Zaha's arrival imminent, United's current wingers will have to up their game to expect a staring berth.
The money that would be spent on Radamel Falcao should be spent elsewhere to improve the current squad. The Manchester United attack has hardly failed to disappoint this season, whilst other areas of the squad are in need of improvement.
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