Manchester United appear to have moved to dismiss certain rumours relating the age of new signing Radamel Falcao.
According to the latest reports featured in The Daily Mail, the Colombian striker - who is supposedly set to earn a staggering £350,000-per-week during his initial loan stay at Old Trafford after joining on deadline day - was the subject of bizarre speculation over the weekend that suggested he was in fact 30, two years older than he claims to be.
Such hurtful suggestions have been swiftly quashed by Manchester United, however, with the club evidently and understandably eager to provide support for the newest member of their playing staff.
"We were aware of the rumours but it was never an issue for us," a Red Devils spokesman commented in that same Mail article.
While comments regarding Falcao's age may have initially caused some concern due to the fact that, all being well, the player should move to the Premier League from Monaco on a permanent basis in 2015, Manchester United supporters are likely to be satisfied by the club's stance on the matter and look ahead with excitement to his forthcoming debut.
Indeed, Falcao could make his first-team bow under Louis van Gaal as soon as this coming weekend with Manchester United set to face newly-promoted Queens Park Rangers at home on Sunday afternoon.
With the crass debate over his honestly now hopefully settled, the only thing that could now scupper Falcao's hopes of succeeding in England would be a reoccurrence of the nasty knee injury he suffered in a French Cup tie back in January.
The former Porto and Atletico Madrid talisman openly admits that his long layoff - that forced him to miss the rest of the 2013/14 campaign and the subsequent World Cup in Brazil - has made him somewhat nervous, although he insists he is now in fine physical condition.
Falcao's arrival at Manchester United has created a potential selection headache for Van Gaal, that much is abundantly clear.
There is surely no way that the experienced Dutchman can incorporate the quartet of him, Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Juan Mata into the same starting XI, so it seems likely that at least one of that number will have to make do with a place on the substitutes bench for the time being.
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