Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has confessed that on-loan striker Radamel Falcao needs his teammates to perform in order to shine at Old Trafford.
Van Gaal hinted that without decent service from his teammates, Falcao will struggle to make an impact as a Manchester United centre-forward.
"Radamel Falcao is dependable on his teammates. He can be in great form, but the team has to be in great form,” Van Gaal said during Tuesday afternoon’s press conference. "When the cross is not coming from Ashley Young, then Radamel Falcao cannot show what has done in the last match."
The Dutch coach added: “I’m very pleased he scored a beautiful goal [vs Villa] and I hope he'll follow it with a lot of other goals."
That header against Aston Villa on Saturday was Falcao’s second goal since arriving at Manchester United at the start of September.
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Will United sign Falcao in 2015?
The Colombia international has struggled with various injury problems since completing his season-long loan from AS Monaco, but proved against Villa that he has plenty to offer the Red Devils.
It’s currently unclear whether Van Gaal will take up the option to purchase Falcao on a permanent transfer at the end of the season - for a fee worth £44 million - but much will depend on his performances between now and May.
Excellent track record
If he gets back to his very best then Manchester United will certainly be tempted to fork out the asking price for the world-class 28-year-old.
This is a player who scored 72 goals in 87 appearances for FC Porto, before moving on to Atletico Madrid and netting a remarkable 70 goals in 91 matches.
At both clubs he received great service from his teammates. Falcao is not the best back-to-goal striker in world football, but is blessed with a lethal eye for goal and supreme composure.
United fans optimistic
Capable of scoring off either foot, and superb in the air, Manchester United fans are still waiting - and hoping - to see the very best of Falcao before the season finishes.
The South American should start in the Red Devils’ next Premier League fixture, against Newcastle United at Old Trafford, on Boxing Day. Van Gaal’s side then take on Tottenham and Stoke City as they look to keep the pressure up on Manchester City and league-leaders Chelsea during this hectic Christmas schedule.