Manchester United star looking to emulate legendary striker

Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao hopes he can replicate the goal-scoring achievements of former Red Devil Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Mirror reports.

The Colombian international only moved to Old Trafford this season and after initially struggling with injuries, seems to have found his feet netting his second goal for the club last weekend.

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Now Falcao is intent on sealing a permanent £43.5million move from Monaco by the end of the campaign, but must first prove to manager Louis van Gaal he is worth the money.

Asked who his favourite Man United player was as a kid, Falcao answered: “You know I always admired Ruud Van Nsitelrooy in my position. He was a star attraction for me.

“Above and beyond him, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes 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 routes between continents as a footballer. They are legends who press all the right buttons. Eric Cantona as well – he was a very exciting and entertaining player to watch.

“It makes me very, very happy to be welcomed so much by the fans. It is really great to be appreciated like this and I want to thank them with all of my heart.

“I think the best way I can repay the supporters for their kindness towards me, and for all their love, support and appreciation, is to score goals and win trophies for them.”

Falcao has an impeccable goal-scoring record prior to his arrival at Old Trafford, banging 70 goals in 90 appearances for Atletico Madrid and before that 70 in 87 matches for FC Porto.