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Radamel Falcao hoping to emulate Ruud van Nistelrooy

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After Radamel Falcao's thrilling return from injury on Saturday with a promising and decisive equaliser against Aston Villa, the striker has admitted that he is hoping to emulate the same goalscoring prowess that Ruud van Nistelrooy held in his Old Trafford stint.

Thanks to that crucial equaliser, although Louis van Gaal blasted the team for a poor performance, Manchester United's unbeaten run has been stretched to seven.

The 28-year-old may have only scored twice since his summer loan switch from AS Monaco which went through on deadline day but he believes that he can reach a prolific status not too dissimilar from the profile that Ruud van Nistelrooy had in his reign of supremacy at the club.

Falcao targets permanent deal

He is hoping to do that subsequent to signing on a permanent deal for a staggering £43.5 million from Monaco at the end of the season but his manager has firmly confirmed that he will only sign Falcao on a permanent deal if his form takes a significant rollercoaster ride.

However, it will be hard to fulfil his dream at Old Trafford as van Nistelrooy netted 150 times in 219 appearances for the Red Devils whilst the Colombian only has two in eight and that could be justified by a damaging injury.

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Falcao: I admire Van Nistelrooy

When speaking to the Daily Mirror, he explained: “You know I always admired Ruud Van Nistelrooy in my position. He was a star attraction for me.

“It makes me very, very happy to be welcomed so much by the fans. It is really great to be appreciated like this and I want to thank them with all of my heart.

“I think the best way I can repay the supporters for their kindness towards me, and for all their love, support and appreciation, is to score goals and win trophies for them.”

With 70 goals in 91 games for Atletico Madrid and a whopping 72 in 87 for Porto, he is yet to transfer his prolific characteristics over to Old Trafford but that could be explained by a turbulent start under Louis van Gaal which now seems to be settling down.

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