The look of joy and relief from Manchester United's deadline day signing, following his winner at Old Trafford on Sunday, marked a sign that a huge weight of expectation had been lifted from his shoulders.
Radamel Falcao is no stranger to bringing joy to thousands of people with his innate ability to be in the right place at the right time, but this goal clearly meant a lot to him. The Colombian slid to his knees with delight as the Old Trafford crowd lapped up every second, saluting their loan signing's finish with the loudest cheer of the afternoon.
With question marks surrounding Falcao's long-term fitness, Sunday afternoon will have boosted his confidence, and provided the building blocks to finally kick-start the goal scoring form that pundits and fans alike have been anticipating.
Falcao vs Everton
There were signs all afternoon that the Colombian was in the mood and his movement was clearly causing problems for the Everton defence, who failed to get to grips with the United number 9. This was acknowledged by Gary Lineker, who was an adept finisher in his own right. Lineker stated: "Falcao's movement in the box is so good, he'll score bags of goals".
Falcao showed early signs that he was going to cause problems as he halted a run towards the 6-yard box to find space, and connect with Luke Shaw's cross with a diving header that was thwarted by Tim Howard in the Everton goal.
Falcao displayed one of his key attributes of movement as he acutely spun away from Angel Di Maria to find space for a shot from the edge of the box - again he was let down by his finish as he drove his effort wide of the mark. But El Tigre was getting closer.
Perhaps, this rustiness could be put down to knee surgery that blocked his World Cup participation.
Finally in the 62nd minute, the Colombian's movement found him onside and the right place to divert a Di Maria cross-shot past Tim Howard to give United all three points. Cue a volcano-like eruption around Old Trafford.
It's no luck that Falcao has scored so many goals in his illustrious career or that he was in the right place at the right time to score the winner on Sunday, but it was down to intelligent movement and continuous work rate that any aspiring young forward should take note of.
From what we've seen on Sunday, there will be plenty more to come from El Tigre.
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