Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao is good enough to play for any club in the world, according to former AS Monaco team-mate Joao Moutinho, who backed the Colombian to "make a great impact" wherever he goes next.
The 29-year-old has endured a disastrous debut campaign at Old Trafford after joining the Red Devils on a season-long loan deal last summer, contributing a paltry four goals in 23 appearances in all competitions.
Louis van Gaal is expected to turn down the option to sign Falcao permanently when the transfer window reopens, which will bring an end to his disappointing spell in the Premier League that had initially promised so much.
The former FC Porto and Atletico Madrid ace was once one of the most prolific marksman in world football, but there's been very little evidence to suggest Falcao's anywhere near that level following his consistently underwhelming performances this season.
After suffering a serious anterior cruciate knee ligament injury last year the South American has failed to recapture his best form, but Moutinho is adamant that the player still has all the necessary attributes to play a positive part in any team he joins in the future.
"Whatever the club he would make a great impact," the Portuguese midfielder is quoted by Goal.com telling reporters. "Now he is struggling at United a little, but his qualities remain enormous.
"For me he is a phenomenon. With his features, he can do great things in any team and in any league."
Manchester United supporters could be forgiven for questioning Moutinho's claim based on what they've seen from Falcao, although in fairness to the £265,000-a-week star his game-time has been limited for the majority of 2015.
During the recent international break El Tigre spoke about his desire to find a place where he could play, having been restricted to brief cameo appearances off the substitutes' bench by Van Gaal since returning from injury in February.
Argentine football legend Diego Maradona leapt to the defence of Falcao over the weekend and criticised the veteran Dutch coach for his treatment of a player that just a couple of years ago was among the most in-demand stars on the planet.
Manchester United fans: Is Joao Moutinho right about Radamel Falcao? Or do you think injury problems have caught up with him, and he's now a fading force in the game? Share your thoughts below...
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