Sir Alex Ferguson hails 'fantastic goalscorer' Falcao

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Sir Alex Ferguson has had his say on Manchester United's summer transfer business - and on the whole he's pretty impressed.

Ferguson revealed that Manchester United tried to sign Luke Shaw from Southampton when the full-back was just 16 years old, and he described Radamel Falcao as a 'fantastic goalscorer' and the 'one we're all waiting to see.'

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Speaking to MUTV, the United legend gave his opinion on most of Louis van Gaal's transfer purchases, after the new boss spent £150m on new players over the summer.

Angel Di Maria, signed from Real Madrid, was the headline acquisition and Ferguson said the Argentine international has the required 'ability' to shine at Old Trafford.

On Di Maria

As reported by Sky Sports, Ferguson said: "When you can identify ability like that for Manchester United, they have the resources to do that - fees I never quite equaled but they needed a big injection this year."

It's interesting that Ferguson admitted that last sentence, as the United boss has been criticised in some quarters for handing previous boss David Moyes an inferior squad.

Ferguson then went on to have his say on the other signings, from Ander Herrera to Shaw and Falcao.

On Rojo and the rest

"I watched Rojo at the World Cup and thought he did well. He's capable of playing left-side or centre-back.

"Luke Shaw we tried to get when he was 16. They [Southampton] wouldn't sell him but they always said we'd be the first to know if they did. He's a talented boy, a good footballer and like to get forward.

"Daley Blind is a common-sense footballer, a version of Darren Fletcher a few years ago. And Falcao is the one we're all waiting to see, he's got fantastic goalscoring ability."

Ferguson went on to reveal that he's pleased with the way that van Gaal has managed to blend youth and experience in his first few months at the club.

The Dutchman has spent big, but he's also brought through the likes of Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair to feature alongside the big names like Di Maria and Falcao.

Following the international break, Manchester United return to action at the Hawthorns against West Bromwich Albion. They follow that with two huge fixtures, a home game against Jose Mourinho's Chelsea and then the first Manchester derby of the season at the Etihad Stadium on November 2nd.

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