Manchester United can expect to see the "very best" from Radamel Falcao once he's finally overcome a succession of frustrating injury problems, according to his national team coach Jose Pekerman.
Falcao's sensational season-long loan switch to Old Trafford was widely heralded as one of the transfer window's shrewdest moves, even when you factor in the striker's quite outrageous reported pay packet of £346,000-a-week.
The 28-year-old is still working his way back from a cruciate knee ligament problem which forced him to miss the World Cup though, which has no doubt made the clinical forward prone to the kind of niggling problems which have forced him to miss United's last three games altogether.
Pekerman sticks up for the strike star
Colombia boss Pekerman is once again preparing for a fixture without his star strike, but speaking ahead of a clash with the USA at Fulham's Craven Cottage tomorrow the veteran coach was adamant his talisman will deliver for the Red Devils in time.
Pekerman told The Mirror: "Falcao is at one of the best clubs in the world, in one of the best leagues and with one of the best managers under Louis Van Gaal.
"Playing in England is clearly a new experience for him – but everywhere he has been he has adapted and excelled, achieved great things.
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"That was the case in South America, and also in Europe in Spain and at Monaco. There is no doubting his ability.
"And I am sure that Manchester United fans will see him at his very best once he has got through this difficult moment with injuries.
"It is a new era for him, as it is in many ways for this Colombia team as a whole as we develop.
Can Van Gaal get the best from strike trio?
If Falcao can finally shake off the calf problem that's currently keeping him sidelined he will pose part of a huge tactical problem for United boss Louis van Gaal, just how does he find a system to get the best from his loan star, Robin van Persie and club captain Wayne Rooney?
Van Gaal has already experimented with three different formations in just 11 Premier League games, as he attempts to strike the right balance in a team clearly short of experience in defence.
Falcao could still hold the key to success this season, but will need to be given the opportunity to finally regain full fitness after the most difficult year of his career to date.