Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao left his Old Trafford troubles behind him after scoring two quickfire goals for Colombia against Bahrain this evening.
The 29-year-old talisman has been struggling for fitness and form since joining the Red Devils on a season-long loan from AS Monaco back in the summer, but netted twice in the space of four minutes in the opening game of Los Cafeteros' mini tour of Asia.
Jose Pekerman vowed to help restore Falcao's confidence in games against Bahrain and Kuwait, but even he couldn't have predicted the whirlwind first-half performance that the much-maligned marksman has produced.
"It’s a huge problem that we need to resolve; this problem is as large as the sadness that Falcao is going through right now,” the Argentinian coach was quoted saying by The Guardian in the build-up to the opening game.
“I feel I need to support him because I understand how hard it is for him and the difficult moment he is experiencing. I want to work with him again and help him restore his confidence.”
Tonight's clash against Bahrain is Colombia's first international game of 2015, with the Kuwait match that follows completing the country's double header in the Middle East.
It represents a perfect opportunity for Falcao to regain some goalscoring momentum against lesser opposition, and judging by his opening 45 minutes display he's grabbed the chance with both hands.
“I know Falcao’s strengths, his mentality and his fighting spirit, and I’ve never doubted that he’ll come out the other side,” Pékerman added.
“He’s in a bad moment, but he’s looking after himself and this week is going to be very important for him.”
Falcao actually turned provider for Colombia's opening goal, laying on a pass for Carlos Bacca. It just shows what El Tigre is still capable of when played in the right position and in a suitable team system - take note Louis van Gaal!
UPDATE: The match ended 6-0 with second half goals from Adrian Ramos, Johan Mojica and Andres Renteria, who replaced Falcao in the 72nd minute.