Angel di Maria believes it was ‘very, very important’ for Radamel Falcao to register his maiden goal for Manchester United, with the high profile summer acquisition on target during Sunday’s victory over Everton.
Falcao’s goal, which came following a mis-hit shot from Di Maria, proved to be a decisive one for Manchester United, who were able to hold on following intense late pressure to record a 2-1 victory over Roberto Martinez’s side.
The Colombian had failed to score in his first three encounters for Manchester United after his loan move from Monaco, and Di Maria believes this strike against Everton will provide his teammate with a timely fillip.
“Yes, it's great for him,” Di Maria told BT Sport.
“He's been looking for that first goal for a while now and he's it's very, very important for him now.
“I think not only him but ourselves are on the right road now and the main thing is we're fighting for victories and fighting for points.
“We've got the three points for the day and hopefully we can now move further up the table.”
Falcao may have initially moved to Old Trafford on a temporary deal but it would appear to be practically a forgone conclusion that the 28-year-old striker will secure a permanent transfer, either in January or next summer.
It has been claimed clauses in the loan agreement based around player performance make a long-term deal pretty much an eventuality, and it will cost Manchester United £43 million to keep Falcao beyond the terms of his current contract.
Manchester United paid £16 million to take Falcao on loan, a deal brokered by Jorge Mendes, with the club covering the player’s wages of £190,000-per-week with Monaco forced to cut their significant outgoings.
Falcao has already expressed stay with the club longer than his one-season deal, with the former Atletico Madrid forward having quickly settled with his family since their move from Monte Carlo to Manchester.