Man United must ditch big money ace, says ex-star

Former Manchester United star Ray Wilkins believes that his old club will “look elsewhere” when it comes to deciding whether or not to keep on-loan striker Radamel Falcao at the end of the season.

The Colombian forward arrived at Old Trafford at the end of last summer to a great fanfare following a successful few years in European football with Porto, Atletico Madrid and Monaco.

Falcao was prolific with the first two clubs mentioned, but a serious ACL injury limited his playing time during his one full year in Ligue 1.

United, though, gambled on his fitness, paying a figure of around £6m to loan him, his £200k+-per-week salary and agreeing to a potential future deal worth around £43.5m.

And, so far, the risk has not been met with reward, as Falcao has only found the back of the net on four occasions, while appearing off the pace in Louis van Gaal’s side.

Wilkins, who made over 150 appearances for United, believes that his career with the Premier League giants is as good as over and that the club will look at other forwards this summer instead of keeping him on:

“Falcao has been struggling for goals,” he told talkSPORT. “He hasn’t shown any type of form that we expected when he arrived at Manchester United.

“His form has been very poor in fact, we haven’t seen anything like the player who destroyed Chelsea with Atletico Madrid a few years ago.

“They have already paid a huge loan fee and his wages are extremely expensive. To take him on would require a big fee, I would think they will look elsewhere.”

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