Since his high profile loan move from AS Monaco in the summer, Radamel Falcao’s time at Manchester United hasn’t been as fruitful as he would have liked.
The Colombian may have huffed and puffed but he’s only managed four goals in 18 league and cup appearances for United so far, so is the striker’s recent criticism warranted, or should he be given more time to express his undeniable abilities before being written off already?
Falcao has become somewhat of a scapegoat amongst the United fans this season. The 29-year-old has struggled to make an impact at Old Trafford since joining, and hasn’t lived up to his high expectations. With just four league goals for the Red Devils, the Manchester United faithful are starting to lose patience with him already.
But in Falcao’s defence, Louis van Gaal has only started him 11 times this season, and if it wasn’t for his own high standards he set prior to his time in Manchester, his goal return probably wouldn’t have been frowned upon as much as it has. Besides, it’s not like his strike partner Robin van Persie has set the world alight this term – the Dutchman may have netted 10 times, but he’s come under his own fair share of criticism this season, too.
With the well-documented ‘long-ball United’ comments to Sky Sports from West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce last week, it’s a little unfair to expect a player like Falcao, who thrives with the ball at his feet, to make such an impact with that style of football being played. It’s ok if you have a tall target man up top, but the Red Devils aren’t exactly blessed with height in the forward areas.
Despite that, Falcao will know his disappointing goal ratio since arriving in England isn’t good enough for a player of his calibre. He will undoubtedly be his own biggest critic, and he will certainly be doing everything in his power to try and turn his fortunes around. You don’t become a bad player overnight, and any striker who has accumulated transfer fees of over £90m during an illustrious career must be capable of sticking the ball in the back of the net.
Falcao has scored bags of goals in Portugal, Spain and France, and in time he’s sure to do it in the Premier League. With contrasting reports on whether Louis van Gaal will make the loan star a permanent signing in the summer, it’s important that the Colombian international gets his head down and proves to his boss that he’s worth keeping. He unquestionably needs more time at Old Trafford before he can be fully judged.
With Manchester United sitting pretty in third place in the Premier League, but with a whole host of clubs ready to pounce on any mistakes the Red Devils may make, United need Falcao to start finding the right sort of form for the remainder of the season. The ex-Porto and Atletico Madrid man still remains one of the world’s deadliest strikers, and remember – form is temporary, class is permanent.