Radamel Falcao believes Manchester United have gambled with their finances by recruiting him in an exorbitant loan deal shortly after the Colombian had returned from a severe knee injury that ruled him out for much of last season.
Manchester United committed £16 million to acquire Falcao from Monaco for the duration of this fledgling campaign, with the Premier League club paying the player’s £190,000-per-week salary along with an up-front fee.
It would appear almost inevitable that this temporary agreement will become a permanent transfer £43 million, and Falcao has thanked Manchester United for the faith they have shown in him following the knee issue that wrecked his World Cup dream.
"Manchester United were the ones that gambled on me when it was very difficult to do so. It has been a very difficult year, not just in my professional career,” Falcao told Onda Cero.
"What happened at the start of the year [serious knee injury] affected me in every way, but it has also helped me grow as a human being, to think about many things, to mature."
Falcao has expressed his desire to stay with United for the long-term, and some favourable stipulations in his contract would almost seem to guarantee a deal will be done.
Falcao scored his first goal as a Manchester United player on Sunday against Everton and it proved to be a decisive one, with Louis van Gaal’s side able to hold on to their 2-1 advantage despite a late barrage.
The 28-year-old was in the right place at precisely the right time to divert Angel di Maria’s errant shot into the Everton net, while David de Gea repelled the opposition right up until the last to ensure United recorded successive victories for the first time this season.
Next up for Manchester United will be a Monday night meeting with West Brom after the international break, and Falcao will surely lead the line for his new club having done so in each of the games since his arrival at Old Trafford.
Van Gaal has confirmed the Falcao and Robin van Persie will be his favoured central pairing when, as he has done for much of the season, the Dutchman operates with two strikers, which means Wayne Rooney is the player to have missed out.
Rooney will, of course, be suspended for this game at the Hawthorns, and for the one against Chelsea that follows it, and the Manchester United captain may have his work cut out forcing his way back into the team if they are able to find consistency in his absence.