Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that Manchester United decided against a permanent move for Radamel Falcao because of doubts about his knee.
The Colombian striker joined the Red Devils on loan on deadline day in September with an option to make the move permanent at the end of the season. It was reported that they paid out around £6 million to secure his services for this term, and have a deal in place to make the move permanent worth a reported £43 million. He is also said to earn an astonishing £265,000-per-week for his troubles.
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The Monaco forward was forced to miss the World Cup after he picked up a serious knee injury last term, and Ferguson says that caused Manchester United to ask for a loan deal so they can take a closer look at him before offering a permanent transfer.
Speaking to Manchester United's official TV channel, he said: "He had his injury so getting him on loan is the right thing to do." He added: "The big one is Falcao who we're all waiting to see. Obviously, he has fantastic goalscoring ability"
Falcao bagged his first goal in a Manchester United shirt against Everton at Old Trafford before the international break, helping them claim a much-needed 2-1 victory. That came on the back of a win over West Ham that puts them up into fourth overall in the Premier League.
The Colombian was one of six new arrivals at Manchester United over the summer for a combined fee of around £150 million. While he looks to be settling into life well at Old Trafford, he's not done as well as Angel di Maria - the club's most expensive ever signing.
He's already got three goals and three assists in his first five league games - although Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is likely to be concerned over the Argentine's busy schedule during the international break. He flew to Beijing to play in his country's 2-0 defeat against Brazil - a round trip of over 10,000 miles. Despite that he is likely to feature against West Brom at the Hawthorns on Monday.