Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina believes Radamel Falcao will become an "amazing player" for Manchester United, despite the fact his fellow Colombia international has struggled badly since joining the Red Devils on a season-long loan deal at the start of September.
Ospina admitted that he has been in contact with Falcao, but insists the pair have not discussed this evening's FA Cup quarter-final clash between United and Arsenal.
Falcao was an unused substitute for United's 1-0 win over Newcastle United last Wednesday night, but could be handed another chance to impress against the Gunners tonight. And Ospina is concerned that the former FC Porto and Atletico Madrid superstar might suddenly rediscover his best form against him and his Arsenal teammates.
Ospina: Falcao is still amazing
“We haven’t spoken about the match but we are in contact and I am absolutely convinced and can say with all confidence that Falcao is a player with a winning attitude, he has a strong mentality and is a great professional,” Ospina told Standard Sport.
“He has demonstrated that in every team he has ever played in. When he has stability and continuity, he will come to the forefront and he is going to be an amazing player for Manchester United. We will never underestimate him. He is an excellent forward and I will hope to stop him scoring any goals against us if I play.”
Falcao: Man United flop
Falcao, who turned 29 last month, has scored a hugely disappointing four goals in 20 appearances for the Red Devils.
As well as a distinct lack of goals from the striker who was universally considered world class prior to his move to Old Trafford, Falcao's performances in general have also been dismal.
The South American has looked a shadow of his former self for the large part of this season and Manchester United are not expected to pay the massive £43.5 million fee it would cost to turn his loan deal into a permanent transfer this summer.
In fact, United are reportedly already looking at alternatives, with Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani and Burnley's in-form forward Danny Ings just two of the strikers linked with summer moves to Old Trafford in recent days.
Even if Monaco were prepared to take a significant financial hit on Falcao, the Red Devils are unlikely to be tempted unless his performances dramatically improve between now and the end of the season.
Falcao running out of chances at Old Trafford
A match-winning performance would certainly help his chances of securing a permanent contract; United are desperate to land their hands on the FA Cup in May, having gone 11 years without winning football's oldest cup competition.
But another disappointing display could be the final straw for Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, who already appears to have run out of patience with the Colombia international.
However, part of the vastly-experienced Dutch coach will inevitably fear that allowing Falcao to walk away from Old Trafford this summer could be a mistake.
If the striker's current form is down to a mixture of confidence and requiring a little more time than normal to work his way back to full fitness then there's a chance he could rediscover if his best form.
But this scenario looks less and less likely with each passing week - and unless he starts performing soon, possibly as early as tonight, then Falcao can forget about signing for Manchester United on a permanent contract.
Or any top club for that matter.
Manchester United fans: is Radamel Falcao finished - or is everyone writing him off a little too soon? Have your say in the comments below!
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