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Radamel Falcao sends emotional message to Manchester United fans

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Radamel Falcao has thanked Manchester United fans for their support after playing what is likely to be his last home game for the club against Arsenal on Sunday.

The Colombian forward is on loan at Old Trafford this season from Monaco but has failed to live up to his reputation, scoring just four Premier League goals in 26 appearances - the last of which came back in January.

Manchester United have the option to make the move permanent for around £43 million but are highly unlikely to do that, and have instead been linked with a host of top strikers from around Europe including Edinson Cavani and Jackson Martinez.

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The Red Devils still have one game of the season remaining but played their last game at Old Trafford against Arsenal on Sunday, recording a 1-1 draw that all but means they'll have to go through the qualifying stages in order to reach the group stages of the Champions League.

Falcao was a subbed off in the second half for Robin van Persie, and seemingly waved goodbye to the Old Trafford faithful as he left the pitch. Today he's taken to Instagram to send the club's fans a direct message, thanking them for their 'incredible' support throughout the campaign.

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Posting a picture of his fellow Manchester United players showing their appreciation to the Old Trafford faithful, he wrote: "Thank you so much for the incredible support of the @manchesterunited fans all season. Unforgettable."

Fans

Goalkeeper David de Gea also took to the social media site to thank the fans as speculation increases over his future at Old Trafford. The Spanish international is out of contract next year and has so far refused to sign an extension amidst reports that he has a deal in place with Real Madrid.

Manchester United are likely to spend big in the summer window replacing Falcao and possibly Robin van Persie, who has also been linked with an exit after a disappointing campaign. Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal splashed £150 million on new players last year and is likely to repeat that spree this time too.

Opinion

Radamel Falcao's collapse from one of the world's best to pale imitation of his former self has been shocking, and for Manchester United it has been an expensive mistake. He's said to earn around £260,000-per-week at Old Trafford while the Red Devils also paid a sizeable loan fee, believed to be in the region of £6 million. All in that adds up to roughly £16 million, or the price of a good young striker.

Hopefully he will be able to rediscover his best form elsewhere but, and it's sad to say, but the knee injury which wrecked his chances of going to the World Cup may have taken its toll.

If you were in charge of Manchester United - would you take a risk on signing Falcao for £25 million?

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