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Radamel Falcao deserves permanent Manchester United transfer

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I know I speak for most Manchester United fans when I say that we all want him to, as he said when he first signed, "become a legend".

That first interview, just after his deadline day signing filled me with such hope, I hadn't been that excited about a signing since we got a young Wayne Rooney all those years ago (Mata, Van Persie, Berbatov, Di Maria etc were exciting, but Falcao felt like something else).

But eight months and four goals later, Falcao has thoroughly disappointed. No one can fault him for trying, every time he gets on the pitch it looks like he's almost trying too hard. But the quality has deserted him, his touch is heavy, he looks sluggish and slow, his movement is off, and his finishing is woeful.

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This all is the polar opposite of what United fans thought they were getting on deadline day last summer. Everyone knew his qualities, the epitome of a "goal poacher", but with the quality and technique to smash in goals from all angles and distances (that full volley scissor kick goal from the edge of the box sticks in my mind).

I think most knew his limitations, he's not lightening quick, or particularly physical, but Robin van Persie is similar and that hadn't stopped him banging in goals for United in his first two seasons.

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No one thought this would stop him becoming, as he said in his first interview, "a legend". But perhaps the expectation on his shoulders, perhaps his own obvious desire to do well for United, or fitness problems and not enough opportunities have held him back, and now it seems to have been decided the end of his time in Manchester is soon.

Despite his terrible season, obscene wages and the almost insane amount of money United will have to fork over for him if we want to make the loan permanent this summer (and if he's even willing to stay!).

Second chance

I personally want to give him another chance to prove himself. Everyone knows form is temporary, class is permanent (unless you're Fernando Torres in England), and I genuinely believe (or maybe i'm just delusional) that Falcao can still prove his ability at United, if we're willing to give him another season.

If I were Louis van Gaal, I would hold off on splashing even more millions on Edinson Cavani or another European centre forward, sell the ageing Van Persie, and have faith in Rooney, supported by Falcao next year, with James Wilson and perhaps Danny Ings in reserve.

This would give us more than enough firepower to challenge on multiple fronts, and allow Falcao to feel wanted as the "main man" up top alongside Rooney, with Van Persie gone. A full pre-season under his belt with United, without any injury issues to hamper him, would do him the world of good, and banging in goals on our USA tour would help restore his shattered confidence.

Wishful thinking?

Perhaps it's wishful thinking, and perhaps it could prove to be a colossal waste of £45 million, but his obvious sincerity in stating, in broken English, his desire to become a legend at our great club has forever endeared Falcao to me, no matter how poor his performances are, and the cheers around Old Trafford every time he comes on for his 10 minute cameos tell me I'm not alone.

Maybe logic would say "cut your losses and run", and that probably will be the reality this summer. But one of the biggest lessons for United fans from this season must be "have faith", look at Mata, Fellaini, Young and Smalling.

All were booed and derided throughout 2014, and now they're leading us to automatic Champions League qualification. Let's have faith in Falcao, and who knows, maybe he can lead us to glory next year and become the legend everyone knows he has the ability to become!

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