Manchester United Radamel Falcao has insisted that he is finally playing completely free from any injury problems, after completing what he described as a "very important" 90 minutes against Queens Park Rangers last weekend.
Falcao managed the full game for only the third time since completing a hugely expensive season-long loan switch to Old Trafford, a spell which has so far produced just three goals and fallen well short of lofty expectations.
The 28-year-old conceded that he's desperate to find his shooting boots soon, but Red Devils fans will agree that the Colombian's failure to find the target at Loftus Road certainly wasn't down to lack of effort.
Falcao determined to prove worth
After helping United secure a hard-fought 2-0 win over struggling QPR the South American sharpshooter was in high spirits, telling Goal.com: “It was 90 very important minutes for me. I need to play and I am very happy that I did. Obviously, I really hope to score soon, but the opportunities will come, I am sure of that.
“I am fine. I feel really good. I am playing without any sort of fitness problems I am very happy with the win. It was a very difficult game but we managed the match well and got the three points.
“We were very close to scoring more and I could have had two goals. Sadly, the goalkeeper did very well and the other chances were not that clear.”
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Pressure on to deliver
Van Gaal will ultimately have to judge the merits of pursuing a permanent transfer for Falcao worth in excess of £40m on his goal return, something the forward himself will be acutely aware of.
You could see Falcao perhaps feeling the weight of that expectation in West London last weekend, with a combination of snatched chances and the efforts of QPR goalkeeper Rob Green ultimately keeping him at bay.
United have some eminently winnable games on the horizon and with Robin van Persie struggling with an ankle problem Falcao simply has to deliver in his absence.
The Red Devils have Cambridge United in the FA Cup, before hosting Leicester City at Old Trafford in a return to Premier League action. Van Gaal will surely give Falcao further chances to justify his position over the next fortnight, its now up to the former Atletico Madrid marksman to make it happen in United shirt.