Radamel Falcao will be offloaded by Manchester United this summer because he hasn’t proved good value for money, according to former Red Devils man Ray Wilkins.
The 58-year-old is currently manager of the Jordan national side, but took the time out to speculate on the future of one of his old club’s most reputable names. With Falcao having failed to impress since moving to Old Trafford since AS Monaco on loan last summer there’s serious questions being posed as to his suitability in the Premier League.
Wilkins a sceptic
At the moment the general opinion of the masses is that he will return to Monaco in the summer, as United still have to pay
a large amount if they want to make his move permanent. For Wilkins that fact could result in being the final nail in the coffin with regards to the Colombia international’s future in England, as he’s sceptical that Louis van Gaal will pay.
"Falcao has been struggling for goals," Wilkins said to talkSPORT.
"He hasn’t shown any type of form that we expected when he arrived at Manchester United.
"His form has been very poor in fact, we haven't seen anything like the player who destroyed Chelsea with Atletico Madrid a few years ago.
"They have already paid a huge loan fee and his wages are extremely expensive. To take him on would require a big fee, I would think they will look elsewhere."
Though it’s a doubt that many United fans will be prepared to accept the predictions of Wilkins as gospel, his views do open up quite a debate. On the one hand it’s true that Falcao hasn’t adjusted well to life in the Premier League so far but at the same time a number of factors could have resulted in this, not just his overall ability.
The 29-year-old has proven in the past that he’s a world-class asset when on song, and the backdrop at Old Trafford of late has hardly been one ideal for a player looking to adapt to new surroundings. Of the players that Van Gaal signed last summer all have had their difficulties fitting in, perhaps meaning the criticisms aimed at Falcao are a little harsh.
The big decision
As it stands Van Gaal has a big decision to make at the end of the season, with Robin van Persie having failed to light up the red half of Manchester either this term. Wayne Rooney has been used more as a central midfielder and James Wilson isn’t yet ready to lead the line on his own, but will that translate into United buying in a new striker?
If they do then they’ll certainly opt not to purchase Falcao in the long-term, with it not making sense to spend big on two forwards when other areas of the squad remain in need of improvement.
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