Radamel Falcao has confirmed that he is hoping to make his debut for Manchester United against QPR at the weekend.
The world-class striker agreed a season-long loan deal with the Red Devils in transfer deadline day before heading off on international duty with Colombia. He is now set to return to Old Trafford to link up with his new teammates for the first time.
Work permit issues
However, there is a chance that Falcao will not be available to make his debut against QPR on Sunday as the 28-year-old is yet to gain international clearance to play in England. Every non-EU player must go through a process to gain a work permit and the process is yet to be complete.
Although there should be no problems for Falcao in gaining a work permit, the process takes time as Louis van Gaal found out to his detriment after signing Argentine Marcos Rojo.
Falcao is remaining upbeat about the process and is hoping that he will be available for selection when Harry Redknapp's men arrive in Manchester.
Quoted by The Mirror, Falcao said: "I am now leaving Colombia in very good shape and I hope to be available for the manager for this weekend.
“I am going to Manchester with lots of hopes to try to win a place in the team and then come back to play for Colombia.”
If Falcao does get clearance to make his Manchester United debut, Van Gaal can thank officials for making special arrangements in an attempt to fast track the process.
The Daily Telegraph reported that Manchester United officials had told Falcao to go to the British Consulate in Miami, believing it will be quicker. Cutting through red tape was the aim, but there is still no word on whether a permit will be granted in the next few days.
As mentioned before, Rojo's application took around two weeks to process meaning he was unavailable to play against Sunderland or Burnley despite agreeing a deal with the Old Trafford club on August 20.
Instead Van Gaal was forced to play the likes of Tyler Blackett and Michael Keane in his defence. Having failed to win in any of their first Premier League games, the lack of experience at the back was the first area to be criticised.