Radamel Falcao has made it abundantly clear that he wants to remain at Manchester United for the long-term after netting his first goal for the club during Sunday's tense victory over Everton.
Colombian international Falcao opened his Red Devils account in the 62nd minute at Old Trafford, an effort that secured a deserved 2-1 win for the hosts after they had taken the lead through the irrepressible Angel di Maria and Steven Naismith had levelled for Roberto Martinez's men ten minutes after half-time.
Manchester United were indebted to the heroics of goalkeeper David de Gea for making sure of a three points which elevates the club into the Premier League's top four after the Spaniard - who initially struggled to adapt to the inherently physical nature of English football after first moving from Atletico Madrid in 2011 - produced a string of top-drawer saves to keep a determined Everton at bay.
Evidently still regaining full match sharpness after a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, Falcao spurned a number of good opportunities before finally managing to beat the imposing figure of Tim Howard.
Despite his wastefulness, the 28-year-old was clearly pleased to get off the mark and once again expressed his wish to remain with Manchester United when his loan deal from AS Monaco expires at the end of the season.
"Me and my family are happy here, and we would like to stay for many years at Manchester United," Falcao told MUTV in an interview that was brought to our attention by The Independent.
Provided he gets back to full fitness, suffers no hint of a repeat of that aforementioned knee injury that forced him to miss the second half of the 2013/14 season as well as the World Cup in Brazil and steps up his goalscoring form, then it seems highly unlikely that Louis van Gaal will deny Falcao the opportunity to complete a permanent switch to Manchester United.
The former Atletico Madrid, Porto and River Plate forward - one of the best in the world in his position when on song - will certainly not come cheap, however, with reports suggesting that the deal to bring Falcao from Ligue 1 on a full-time basis will cost in the region of £43 million.
Following their triumph over Everton, Manchester United head to the Midlands after the international break to face Alan Irvine's West Brom at The Hawthorns.
Van Gaal will hope to welcome back one or two key names for that particular clash as the club's injury crisis continues to ease.
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