Jose Mourinho has aimed a barb at Manchester United by hinting that they used Radamel Falcao incorrectly last season.
The Colombian forward has signed on the dotted line with the Blues for next season after Manchester United returned him to Monaco following his loan spell at Old Trafford.
Last season he managed just four goals in the Premier League amidst reports he shared an uneasy relationship with Louis van Gaal, and was still being troubled by the knee injury which ruled him out of last year's World Cup.
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Mourinho has repeatedly stated his belief that he can help Falcao get back to his best after taking him on loan at Chelsea - and now the Special One has hinted that the problem wasn't necessarily with the striker himself.
In an interview with ESPN, the former Real Madrid boss admitted he was 'scared' when Falcao signed for Manchester United because of the threat he posed, and insisted that Chelsea have examined his knee closely to ensure there's no lingering problems.
“When he went to Man United I have to say I was a bit scared,” he told ESPN. “Because he’s a predator in the box and a guy who does score goals all the time. He did that in every club in every league, so I was convinced he was going to do that in our league, in England.”
“We had a very exhaustive analysis of his condition before we made a decision,” Mourinho added. “Our doctor had real work to investigate all of that. He is not, for sure, a physical problem. So if it’s not physical, we can make him score goals again.
Falcao joined up with his new Chelsea team-mates last week and turned out for the Blues in their pre-season games against Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona.
Jose Mourinho has gone hard over pushing the line that he is the man to help Falcao get back to the top again. Part of that is probably to aim a dig at Louis van Gaal after he failed to inspire the Colombian, while the other part of it is to show the Monaco ace that he believes in him.
Can he do it? Only time will tell but he couldn't help Fernando Torres improve much before he left Stamford Bridge, and the same went for Andriy Shevchenko - although his arrival at Chelsea and the subsequent fall-out is well documented in the Blues' history.
So far Falcao has looked OK in pre-season but the big worry is that he is going into the season on the back of the Copa America so hasn't had much of a summer break.