Radamel Falcao in the worst form of his career

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Manchester United forward Radamel Falcao is currently stuck in the worst goalscoring form of his career.

According to the Daily Mail, Falcao has scored fewer goals and had fewer shots on target on a per-game basis than at any of his spells as a Monaco, Atletico Madrid or Porto player.

Since completing his loan move from Monaco the Colombian international has just three goals to his name. Not a great return when Manchester United reportedly paid up to £6m just to take him for the season.

But while that total goals figure has been affected by Falcao's injury record, the same excuse cannot be used to account for the fact that the striker has hit just 0.3 goals per game and managed just 0.9 shots on target per game - both career lows.

In contrast, at Monaco (his previous poorest return) he managed 0.52 goals per game and 1.41 shots on target while hitting nine goals in 17 appearances. For Manchester United he has 12 games and three goals to his name.

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The stats provided by the Daily Mail appear to show a player on the decline since his magical 2012/13 Atletico Madrid season during which he managed 28 goals in 34 appearances.

His story at Porto and his first year at Atletico was all building towards that 2012/13 season, after which he moved to Monaco.

He averaged 0.7 and 0.71 goals per game in Portugal and then in his first season in La Liga, getting an average of 1.7 and 1.76 shots on target per-90 minutes in those two seasons.

His second year at Atletico brought even more success as noted, before the move to Ligue 1 for £50m.

France and England

His time in France was short lived and ruined by a cruciate ligament injury. The indifferent form he showed in Ligue 1 when fit and injury struggles have continued in the Premier League too, in fact his numbers in England are slightly worse so far.

Indifferent form relative to his price tag and wages of course. Manchester United must decide by the end of the season whether to green light the £43m permanent signing, while they're on the hook for his £285,000-a-week wages this season.

It's by no means definitive, it never is when you cherry pick certain stats, but Falcao will ultimately be judged on his goals return. If he can't stay healthy, and doesn't start finding the back of the net when he is, don't be surprised when van Gaal decides against sanctioning that £43m transfer and wage packet.

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