Radamel Falcao came to Old Trafford to bolster up an already lethal attack, but instead he has found himself watching the game from the side-lines; a place where a player of his quality won't be too akin to.
The Colombian hit-man is simply too good to sit on the bench. Granted he has been struck by injury during his time at Manchester United, but Falcao has been back for a number of weeks and is yet to be called upon by Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal for his starting XI.
Hard done by?
If we take a look at how much money United have spent, and continue to spend, on the summer loan signing, it just seems outrageous Van Gaal hasn't given him more playing time.
Falcao's wages are rumoured to be costing the Manchester club in the region of £24 million by the time his loan spell is up. Considering United purchased Dutchman Robin van Persie for the exact same amount a few seasons back - total transfer fee - and can have him in their arsenal (no pun intended) for several years, Falcao has his work cut out for him if he is to justify his price.
Nobody can really blame Falcao for not performing as well as we know he can when he has been on the pitch. How can we expect him to score countless goals when he only gets 20 minutes under his belt in most games? A player like him doesn't know what it's like to be left out of a team; he has been the talisman for so many clubs in the past.
FC Porto looked to him to score the majority of their goals during his stint there and the same happened when he made the moves to both Atletico Madrid and AS Monaco. To now ask him to adapt to constantly coming off the bench is quite frankly ridiculous.
Van Gaal has been playing him in the same way that Alex Ferguson played Javier Hernandez or Nani when he had the reigns at Old Trafford, but Falcao isn't that sort of player. He needs consistency to be performing at his brilliant best.
It just seems a bit ridiculous that Falcao seemed pretty much fit to play against Stoke City last week, but instead youngster James Wilson got the nod. Whereas it's great to give young players opportunities, they have a world-class forward on the bench, probably with a world-class ego.
If Van Gaal gives Falcao more game time and ultimately starts him in the line-up consistently, I really do believe we will see the player we all know he can be. However, if Van Gaal doesn't start giving the Colombia international a chance, his shooting boots may well be left on the side-lines.
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