Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina has come out swinging for his international team-mate and Premier League rival Radamel Falcao, insisting he will eventually prove his worth at Manchester United.
The striker has struggled to assert himself at Old Trafford since arriving in the summer. Louis van Gaal pulled out all the stops on the last day of the transfer window to agree a season-long loan deal.
Reports at the time suggested that the deal would cost Manchester United an incredible £20 million – £6 million in loan fees to AS Monaco and the rest to cover Falcao's £265,000-a-week wages.
"He is going to overcome the situation and he will prove his worth"
No doubt about it
So far Falcao has scored just four times for Manchester United and has struggled with a number of niggling muscular injuries. It is now generally accepted that Van Gaal will turn down the chance to make the deal permanent, but Ospina, who himself moved from Ligue 1 to the Premier League last summer, believes there is still time for Falcao to prove he was worth the money.
Ospina is quoted in the Daily Star as saying: "Falcao is very strong player. He is going to overcome the situation and he will prove his worth. No one can doubt about it.
"As soon as he gets the continuity he needs he will demonstrate his talent. He is a great person and he deserves it."
Is Ospina right?
Falcao would certainly surprise everyone if he suddenly found his most prolific form. The serious knee injury sustained last season has obviously hampered his development and adapting to the more physical Premier League has not helped his rehabilitation.
With the likes of Robin van Persie and James Wilson pushing for first team opportunities, Falcao's poor form is unlikely to be tolerated for much longer. Van Gaal has too many options to hope that Falcao eventually plays his way into form.
What about Ospina?
Ospina himself has yet to prove himself since joining Arsenal from Nice. The goalkeeper is costing the Gunners a fraction what Manchester United are paying for Falcao, but he has yet to prove he is good enough to be Arsenal's first choice goalkeeper.
Wojciech Szczesny's dropping still seems temporary with Arsene Wenger keen to punish him for the smoking incident which saw him fined £25,000. The Colombian pair, who are likely to come up against one another when Arsenal travel to Old Trafford on May 16, still have some work to do to make sure their time in the Premier League is a success.
Does Radamel Falcao still have time to prove himself at Old Trafford? Is David Ospina a good enough goalkeeper for Arsenal? Give us your views in the comments box below!
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