Andy Cole tips Radamel Falcao for success

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Manchester United hero Andy Cole has predicted that Radamel Falcao will get goals for the Red Devils, reports the club's official website. 

Cole has insisted that the No.9 shirt, which is currently worn by the Colombian hitman at Old Trafford, is very special, but has warned Falcao that opponents will be desperate to stop him from finding the net. 

Special shirt 

Cole, though, has insisted that it's a shirt to treasure, insisting that he has fond memories of wearing it at the Theatre of Dreams. 

"To wear the no.9 for Manchester United was phenomenal for me," Cole told "I enjoyed wearing it and you have got to treasure having it, especially at a very special club like this.

"Shirt numbers now go up to 70-odd in the modern game. But traditionalists always look up to the no.9 and no.10 as these are the boys up front who are expected to get the goals.

"To wear the no.9 for any club means a hell of a lot. I also wore the no.9 at Newcastle and it's very, very famous up there. The Newcastle fans talk very highly of their no.9s, so you know there's added pressure when you're given that shirt at St James' Park.

"I wore no.17 when I first signed for Man United here but then, for the season after that, the manager decided to give me the no.9. I always wore no.9 from that day on."

"When you're playing, the opposition team always look for the no.9 and try to make sure he doesn't score," warns Cole. "But I think Falcao will do very well as he's a super striker and he will definitely get goals."

Falcao, of course, claimed the shirt this past summer after signing a season-long loan deal with the Red Devils from French outfit Monaco. 

Looking up 

And, despite enduring a tricky start to life at the club, the forward has started to prove his credentials under the Louis van Gaal regime of late. 

In fact, as United secured all three points over strugglers Leicester City this past weekend, Falcao found the net and played an instrumental role in the victory. 

However, Falcao's long term future is far from certain, and it remains to be seen as to whether he will secure a permanent deal with the club at the end of the campaign. 

There's no doubt about it, he will be looking to impress sooner rather than later, and will be hoping to shine this evening as United prepare for FA Cup action against League Two outfit Cambridge United. 

The Colombian is expected to start on home soil tonight, as Van Gaal's side attempt to book their place in the fifth round of the competition. 

Manchester United fans: Do you think Falcao will stay beyond the end of this season? Have your say in the comments section below! 

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