Radamel Falcao's been paid £2.95m since his last Manchester United shot on target

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Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao hasn’t had the season he would have hoped for after his £6 million loan move from AS Monaco to Old Trafford.

The Colombia international has struggled to cement a place in Louis van Gaal’s team, despite the whopping transfer fee. And, for a player that has carried his country for a number of years, this is a shocking statistic to endure.

Falcao has made £2.95m since his last shot on target let alone since his last goal. And he sits on the same goal tally as centre-back Chris Smalling - not a nice comparison for a player that rakes in a huge £265,000-a-week.

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The Monaco striker probably thought that he’d be competing for the Golden Boot at the Premier League awards ceremony in a couple of weeks, but instead he has turned into a player short of match fitness and without a goal since the end of January.

In comparison to Chelsea striker Diego Costa, there is no similiarites between their contributions for their new teams.

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Costa cost the Blues £32 million, a bargain when you consider his 19 goals in 23 games which have propelled Jose Mourinho’s side towards Premier League glory.

Falcao started in Manchester United’s 1-0 defeat at Chelsea on Saturday, but despite playing the full 90 minutes, he struggled to get into the game and carve out a clear-cut opportunity.

It could be argued that the Colmbian’s biggest impact on the game was when he lost possession to John Terry in the build up to Eden Hazard’s winning goal.

So it was another poor performance, and failure to impress manager Louis van Gaal from a starting position reinforces the idea that his loan signing was just a costly mistake.

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