It has came as a shock to all United fans that the deadline day signing Falcao has not hit home at least 20 goals on his debut season, after all the Colombian was once one of the deadliest strikers in the game back in his days at Atletico Madrid, where he scored 52 goals in 68 appearances, a stat which overshadows his measly 4 goals in 22 appearances for the Red Devils.
It has seemed more and more likely that Falcao will be on his way out in the summer, especially after failing to score in an Under-21s appearance.
However Monaco (Falcao’s parent club) manager Leonardo Jardim states that “He can come back to the levels he was at in the past. That much I’m convinced about.” Jardim only coached the Colombian for a month but feels confident that the striker can retain his deadly abilities to put the ball in the net.
The Monaco Vice-President Vadim Vasilyev said that he met with “the Manchester United people last Sunday and they have not yet decided if they would exercise the option” to make the Falcao move a permanent. He also states that “Even if big clubs are interested, the decision is with Manchester”, so if we want to retain the striker no-one can get in our way.
The asking price for Falcao is a whopping £43.2m, a fee which seems ridiculous considering the striker’s form and with Edison Cavani being a linked man to the Red Devils, the idea of signing Falcao for that seems silly.
It is still possible that Falcao could be pulling a red shirt over his head for another year next season, but that decision is Louis Van Gaal’s and we will not know what he decides to do until summer. Will United still have a Colombian number 9 next season?