He may have broken his goal duct at Manchester United, but Radamel Falcao still has plenty of critics ready to point out that he hasn’t properly found his feet in the Premier League.
Perhaps the most harsh judge is French journalist Pierre Menes, who revealed over the weekend how he was 'greatly disappointed' with the Colombia international’s form so far.
Falcao bagged his first goal for United during yesterday’s 2-1 victory over Everton, and it’s still early days yet with regards to his Old Trafford career. With Louis van Gaal having a surplus of options though the loanee will know nothing but his absolute best will ensure he remains in the starting XI each week, particularly with Robin van Persie desperate to secure his long-term future at the club.
Dani Alves speculation
On the transfer front it’s said that Louis van Gaal is set to offer Barcelona star Dani Alves a lucrative contract next year, as he’s worried about United’s options in the right wing-back position.
The Brazilian’s deal at the Nou Camp runs out next summer, and he would offer an experienced option for Van Gaal given his pedigree in major competitions. At the moment Antonio Valencia and Rafael da Silva are fighting for the right-back berth, but Alves, although older than both men, could be a better option.
And he’s not the only full-back currently residing in Catalonia who has been linked with a move to the former Premier League champions, with Jordi Alba on a surprise list of names Van Gaal is looking to buy.
The Spaniard is said to be on the verge of an exit from Barca thanks to Luis Enrique’s determination to revamp his squad, although Arsenal have also registered some interest.
Finally Red Devils youngster Tyler Blackett has had a meeting with his manager after the sending off which contributed to United’s downfall against Leicester City.
The defender was given his marching orders after a foul on Jamie Vardy, and has promised to learn from the experience rather than dwell on it. Blackett has been somewhat rounded upon for his drab performances for United this season, with many claiming that he's not quite ready for the first-team.
His sending off allowed fellow starlet Paddy McNair a shot in his absence and the Northern Irish defender performed well, perhaps even doing enough to retain the spot for the time being.