Radamel Falcao is a world class striker; no one can deny that. His record from his time at Porto, and Atletico Madrid especially, is nothing short of incredible. But his Manchester United loan spell hasn't got off to the greatest start.
An injury prone player is always a risk to sign, but when Falcao joined United from Monaco on a season long loan deal in the summer, pretty much everyone thought the Colombian striker would be a key asset for the Red Devils.
However the ex-Atletico man has been hit with physical problems again. Of course, Falcao had just returned from a lengthy period of time on the side lines, due to the serious knee injury he suffered last season, which caused him to miss the World Cup.
The fitness issues the Colombian has was taken into consideration by Louis van Gaal before he completed the signing, which is why the loan contract can be terminated if the knee injury he sustained returns once more. However, if United can get Falcao fit and firing on all cylinders, he would be a major factor in the remainder of United's season.
Falcao is arguably the best striker in the world when he hits top form; he boasts some unbelievable stats from his time in La Liga, scoring 52 goals in 68 games for Atletico.
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Nonetheless so far in the Premier League he has only managed to score the one goal in five games, which came against Everton in a 2-1 win in front of the Old Trafford faithful. You would expect a player of his quality to be in better form than that.
Maybe it is down to the fact that he is struggling to adapt to the style of English football or it could just simply be a slow start. Saying this, Van Gaal hasn't really given Falcao too much of a chance, he appears as a substitute in the second half for the majority of games, making it harder for him to feel one thing footballers love; continuity.
Maybe if Falcao started to string a few matches together when he returns to fitness then we will see the striker we all know he can be. The matter gets you wondering however; if injury didn't force Falcao to miss the draw against Chelsea at Old Trafford and the defeat to Manchester City at the Etihad, would United have got more out of those games?
It's something that will never be known, but you'd have to think United would have offered more of an attacking threat with him on the pitch in both matches.
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