Manchester United star Radamel Falcao isn’t happy at the club and could be out of sorts in the Premier League, according to ex-Red Devils ace Paul McGrath.
Following another abject display in the FA Cup last night, the Colombia international is facing yet more questions over his suitability to life in a United shirt, and with every poor performance the chances increase that he will not be signed on a permanent deal come the summer.
Whether or not he is will ultimately be Louis van Gaal’s decision, but McGrath believes that at the moment Falcao might not want to stay, with the 55-year-old of the opinion that the striker isn’t enjoying Old Trafford at all.
McGrath on Falcao
“Radamel Falcao is not getting the sort of service he would at other clubs he’s played for,” he said, according to talkSPORT.
“United have been a bit nervous and a lot of the team has changed from next season.
“He goes on runs and the ball just doesn’t come to him or it comes to him too quickly and it runs through to the goalkeeper.
“He thrives on little things on the box and even those things aren’t coming off for him at the moment.
“Maybe it’s the pace of English football or the Premier League, but he’s out of sorts.
“It’s certainly not working out for him. You can see his reaction when he got bought off last night, he’s not happy at the club.”
"You can see his reaction when he got bought off last night, he’s not happy at the club"
Dip in form
Of course it’s easy to kick Falcao when he’s down, but from the outside looking in he does look to be suffering from a huge dip in confidence. Last night’s tie against Preston North End presented him with the perfect opportunity to get some goals under his belt against relatively tame opposition, but in stark contrast he cut a frustrated and isolated figure up top before being hauled off after 60 minutes.
His replacement on the night, Ashley Young, had an immediate impact, setting up Ander Herrera for United’s equaliser, and Marouane Fellaini, who moved into the forward’s role after Falcao’s substitution was the man who bagged the eventual winner. Such fortunes don’t help Falcao’s situation, but it’s fair to claim that his downfall was of his own doing.
Unless he finds the sort of form that made him a household name at the likes of FC Porto and Atletico Madrid soon the emphasis will switch from the debate as to whether he deserves a permanent contract, to whom it is who will be replacing him. Van Gaal’s Old Trafford project has neither the time nor patience to carry dead weight, and though Falcao’s reputation precedes him, at the moment he offers very little.
As such a move for a striker who can promise more goals should be on the agenda come the summer transfer window, with the likes of Edinson Cavani and Jackson Martinez potentially in the shop window.
Cavani’s Paris Saint-Germain are still feeling the effects of the Financial Fair Play rules, meaning they must sell big names to raise cash to buy big names in, whilst Martinez has already made it clear that he sees his future away from Porto.
United fans, is Falcao good enough to be kept on? Or should Van Gaal forget his reputation and refuse to sign him permanently?