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Manchester United should cancel Radamel Falcao's loan deal

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It's incredible how things change so quickly. Manchester United supporters were ecstatic when Radamel Falcao joined them on loan for the season back in the summer. 

From loving him so much that they had to rob Atletico Madrid's old chant for him so that they had one in time for his debut, to wanting him out of the starting line up. 

The Colombian striker's swift demise of someone who was regarded as one of the best goalscorers in the world has seen this cruel twist of fate. 

After the Red Devils' 2-1 defeat against Swansea on Saturday rumours circled around social media that meetings were to be held amongst the Old Trafford hierarchy to discuss recent performances and whether to cut Falcao's loan short. 

He hasn't scored since the end of January and he was substituted in recent games against Burnley and Preston North End. He was then dropped for the Swansea game. 

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Where has it gone wrong?

So how has it come to this? Where has it gone wrong for the man they call El Tigre? Lets rewind back to the summer. 

Falcao missed the World Cup with Colombia due to a horror knee injury. He was back in August for Monaco's pre season and start of the season. Some say he wasn't ready. 

He then joined United and made his debut against QPR in September, coming on as a substitute. He didn't score his first goal until October 5 in the 2-1 victory over Everton. 

He then had another injury lay off and has simply not come back from it. Apart from nicking a few goals, albeit against the likes of Aston Villa and Leicester City. 

Falcao is now 29 and with that knee injury haunting him, it seems English football is a bit too much for him. He has to come and show for the ball a lot more and his hold up play is poor. Granted, that isn't his style but he has to adapt to the English game and he simply hasn't. 

Past his best...

His movement in the box is second to none normally. However he doesn't have the best physical presence and isn't quick. Therefore he isn't too much of a handful for the defenders in the Premier League. 

The game at West Ham and at home to Burnley recently are perfect examples of this. Many United fans feel Falcao's inclusion is down to his profile and that James Wilson perhaps deserves more opportunities.

It's fair to say that it's unlikely that the loan will be cut short, but what is a likely outcome is that Falcao will not be joining Manchester United permanently. 

Falcao's future

Real Madrid are reportedly monitoring the situation and this could be the ideal move for Falcao. His goal record for Atletico was exceptional. He scored 52 goals in 68 La Liga appearances. 

In La Liga they play more open attacking football. Therefore, Falcao will be able to play off the shoulder of the last defender and be that fox in the box we all want to see again. Also the physicality that's required in the Premier League isn't needed as much in La Liga.

Had this deal happened a couple of years earlier, meaning Falcao hadn't suffered the knee injury, it might have been a different story and the Premier League may have seen the best of this wonderful striker.  

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