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The Curious Case of Radamel Falcao

Radamel Falcao’s fall from grace has been well documented. from the best out and out striker in the world to a bit part player at Manchester United. I think its safe to say that Manchester United will not meet Monaco’s £43 million asking price.

It was a gamble bringing a player who had barely recovered from a bad knee injury to the notoriously physical and fast paced Premier League. And in Falcao’s early days at United he hardly looked fit, but in his defence, I feel United haven’t played to his strengths. He thrives in the lone striker role, with a number 10 or advanced midfielder around him. Certainly United’s formation earlier in the season, going with two up top didn’t help his cause.

Now United have hit form and ironically playing the formation that would best suit Falcao. Unfortunately he has to deal with little cameo’s off the bench, often failing to impress. Granted it would be hard work to displace Rooney in his current goal scoring form, in addition to that him being the United captain, his place is all but guaranteed. So it begs the question, why did United sign Falcao then? knowing that Rooney is a virtual starter and Falcao preferring the lone striker role.

I think it would be every United fan’s worst nightmare if their club gave Falcao the season he needed to fully recuperate from his injury and gain fitness, confidence and sharpness at the clubs world class AON Training complex as well as paying close to £280 000,00 a week for his services, only to go and return to his goal-scoring exploits for another club next season. As we have witnessed with Fernando Torres, it is possible for a truly world class player after one too many injuries, dramatically lose form and never return to what they once were. Lets hope this is not the case with Falcao.

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