There was a huge sigh of relief around Old Trafford when Colombian superstar Radamel Falcao scored his first Manchester United goal in the club's 2-1 victory over Everton yesterday afternoon.
Before his 62nd minute strike against the Toffees, the forward - who completed a deadline day loan switch to United - had endured a slow start to his career with the Red Devils.
After failing to score against QPR, Leicester City and West Ham, Falcao was seemingly desperate to get off the mark.
Make it permanent
Despite his tame start to the season, rumours have been rife regarding the possibility of United completing the permanent transfer of the forward. In fact, it's been suggested that the Red Devils will pay as much as £43 million for the man belonging to French outfit Monaco.
Of course, some will argue that United must wait for Falcao to prove his credentials before paying the large sum to tie him down. After all, the Colombian isn't exactly a youngster and has suffered with injury problems at times during his career.
And, as mentioned, Falcao's Old Trafford career hasn't exactly started swimmingly, especially when you take into account the start Chelsea's Diego Costa has made. But, comparing him with the Spanish international at this stage would be wrong.
Costa has joined a near enough complete team; Manchester United - under Louis van Gaal - are still a working process, and it will take time for them to evolve. That's why it is taking Falcao a little time to get to grips with his new surroundings.
Flashes of brilliance
It must be noted, however, that Falcao has already produced the occasional moment of magic since arriving in the Premier League.
United's defeat against Leicester City a few weeks back will be remembered for all the wrong reasons (except for Angel di Maria's glorious goal), but Falcao almost opened his account in style after unleashing a fantastic volley which hit the bar.
It was in fact the same game that he assisted Robin van Persie for opening goal of the afternoon. Falcao in fact assisted the Dutchman once again the following week as the Red Devils beat West Ham United.
Falcao, though, is a goalscorer and he certainly proved that against Everton yesterday afternoon. He may well have come in for criticism if he had failed to get off the mark yesterday, but that's because he continued to make chances for himself throughout the proceedings.
The striker was hungry and determined to score; it was just a matter of time before he found the net. And it was no fluke that he was in the right position when Di Maria's miss-hit found its way to him so he could smash the ball home. It was a matter of instinct, but also proof of his ability to be in the right place at the right time.
Falcao may well be a scorer of quite incredible strikes, but he's also a poacher who takes satisfaction from getting on the end of anything that results in a goal. He's a class act and will ultimately prove that he's worth every penny.
He wants to stay
And, if his ability isn't enough to get United fans and the club's hierarchy on side, then his sheer desire to play for the club should sway it. Falcao's words since arriving at the Theatre of Dreams must be music to the ears of United fans.
Let's not forget, it was only a few months back that questions were asked over whether Van Gaal's side could even attract the best names in the world of football.
Now, someone of Falcao's calibre is saying things like this: "Me and my family are happy here, and we would like to stay for many years at Manchester United.
And, upon his arrival to the club, he said: “Yes, I hope to stay many years in Manchester United and make history in this club,” Falcao said. “When I was at Porto and Atlético Madrid, I always wanted to improve to achieve my dream of playing in a team like this. Now that I am at United, I want to stay here for many years. I am very happy to be here, but it is a big challenge for me, a big step for my career."
He seems to have fallen in love with Manchester United already and it's something that should make fans of the club extremely excited. There's no doubt about it, the Red Devils are in a major transitional period, but with Falcao, Di Maria, Wayne Rooney and Co. on board, it's an extremely exciting one.
If Van Gaal can steer Manchester United back into the Champions League and secure the long term services of Falcao, then it's full speed ahead at Old Trafford. There will be no looking back.
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