Wayne Rooney believes Radamel Falcao will have to adapt fast as Manchester United prepare for a congested Christmas fixture list.
The Premier League is one of the few majors leagues to continue playing throughout the Christmas period. The games come thick and fast over the holiday period and Rooney believes Manchester United's new additions are in for a shock.
That include Radamel Falcao, who has come in for some criticism since sealing his loan move from AS Monaco on the last day of the transfer window. The Colombian has not made the impact that Louis van Gaal hoped for but did grab his second goal against Aston Villa last weekend.
"I’m pleased for him, and I hope he continues that into the next few games"
Back on the scoresheet
Rooney is glad to see Falcao getting on the scoresheet but thinks the the £265,000-a-week star still needs to adapt to the rigours of playing English football at Christmas time.
He is quoted in the Daily Star as saying: “It was great for Falcao to get on the scoresheet, and it was a great header.
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"I’m pleased for him, and I hope he continues that into the next few games.
“It must be strange for the new players to have more games than ever over Christmas, having had the time off previously.
"They have to adapt and be ready for it, while being aware of the fixture list.
"I’m sure they’ll be prepared for the upcoming games."
Manchester United face Newcastle United at Old Trafford on Boxing Day. After impressing against the Villains, Falcao could be preferred to Robin van Persie, who has himself struggled for form this season.