Man United newbie has four months to earn move

Radamel Falcao has until April to convince Manchester United that he’s worthy of a permanent transfer to Old Trafford, according to reports from The Mirror.

The Colombian forward stole the summer deadline day headlines as he completed a £6m loan switch to the Red Devils from Monaco, yet his spell in the North West of England has not been the success the club had been hoping for so far.

The 28-year-old – who has spent much of 2014, including the World Cup, out of action with a serious knee injury – has only managed three Premier League stars and one goal since his switch, which is a source of concern for the United hierarchy.

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Clauses are in place to land the South American permanently for a fee of £44m, yet his stop-start stint is a major worry.

Falcao has a proven goalscoring record from stints with Atetico Madrid and Porto, and Monaco are understood to be using this as they search for a new home for the their £300,000-per-week striker with doubts surrounding United’s interest arising.