Radamel Falcao faced the press on Thursday for the first time since his transfer to Manchester United and, as you would expect, said all the right things as he sat alongside manager Louis van Gaal.
It is perhaps patronising to praise someone on their grasp of the English language, but Falcao impressed with the clarity and expressiveness of his answers and, more importantly, the content as well.
One thing in particular Falcao said that will excite Manchester United supporters is that the club are an ideal fit for his style of play, and he and they will be hoping there will be goals aplenty over the course of the campaign.
"Manchester United is the best club for my style of play and I am sure of my decision,” Falcao explained. “This period in the future will be great."
Falcao is expected, barring any catastrophe, to make his Manchester United debut against Queens Park Rangers this weekend and confirmed that he has “confidence” in his knee amid concerns about his long-term fitness.
The 28-year-old, of course, sustained cruciate ligament damage playing for Monaco last season, an injury which resulted in him missing the World Cup, and there were naturally question marks when he arrived at Old Trafford, with the loan deal set to cost a massive £24 million.
While there may be doubt about the player’s knee, his goalscoring record is something that cannot be questioned. In his last 200 club appearances, for Porto, Atletico Madrid and Monaco, Falcao has found the net on 155 occasions - quite a statistic.
Where will he fit?
It will now be interesting how Van Gaal approaches his forward options, for the QPR encounter and beyond. Initially it had been assumed that Falcao would play ahead of Robin van Persie given his own fitness worries, but Van Gaal has confirmed the Dutchman is ‘fitter than ever’.
Van Persie would still appear the player most likely to miss out should Falcao play from the start, with Wayne Rooney’s status as club captain clearly placing him on a firmer footing than the ex-Arsenal skipper.
Given that Manchester United will only be involved in the league and FA Cup for the remainder of this season, there no great need for frequent rotation up top, so Falcao will be eager to prove a point as quickly as possible.
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