Radamel Falcao names Eric Cantona among five Manchester United idols

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Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao has named Eric Cantona on his list of Old Trafford idols.

The Colombian hitman joined the Red Devils on a one-year loan deal at the start of September, completing a move alongside Angel di Maria on transfer deadline day.

Old Trafford idols

His start to life with Manchester United has been hampered by injuries, but it’s clear the 28-year-old is aware of the 2012/13 Premier League champions’ history, highlighting a number of players he has previously admired and idolised.

As well as Cantona, former Dutch forward Ruud van Nistelrooy is singled out for praise, whilst legends Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs also get a mention.

"I always admired Ruud van Nistelrooy in my position. He was a star attraction for me,” Falcao told Inside United magazine.

"Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes too, for their style of play. It is much admired by players from all over the world.

"David Beckham, of course. I couldn’t fail to mention him, as he has opened up the routes between continents as a footballer. They are legends who press all the right hero buttons.

"Eric Cantona as well – he was a very exciting and entertaining player to watch.”

Out to impress

Falcao is hoping to write his own name into Manchester United folklore during 12-months under Louis van Gaal, with the AS Monaco loanee eager to impress. He’s done so in glimpses, most notably away at Leicester City.

However, competition for places in the United side is fierce, with captain Wayne Rooney sure to keep his place and Robin van Persie finding some form for the resurgent Red Devils.

During a long season, opportunities are still likely to come Falcao’s way however, and the South American’s track record suggests there is more to come in England.

United legends

True, he lacks experience in the top flight, but so did Van Nistelrooy and Cantona when they arrived at the club, and they both went on to do pretty well. Van Nistelrooy scored 150 goals in 219 games, whilst Cantona won four domestic titles and two FA Cups in a five-year spell.

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