Radamel Falcao’s debut season in the Premier League has been pretty unforgettable for everyone.
On Monday he was left on the bench as United lost 2-1 to Arsenal, with the striker on loan from AS Monaco for the 2014-15 season cutting a forlorn figured on the bench at the Theatre of Dreams.
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For Falcao, his time in the Premier League is turning into a bit of a nightmare. “El Tigre” has seen a limited number of opportunities to impress and with a decision looming on whether United will sign him permanently in the summer, manager Louis van Gaal admits they are trying to figure out how to get the best out of the Colombian hotshot.
“We are looking for the solution,” van Gaal said, “You can give fantastic performances in another country but not in the country that you are present for. That is not the first example and it will not be the last example.”
Van Gaal also praised Falcao for his attitude as he played for the U-21 side against Tottenham Hotspur this week, but admitted that he “did not have his best game” for United’s reserve side. When you try and analyze what is going wrong for Falcao, there are many things to consider.
Is he failing to adjust to the pace and power of the PL? Has he fully recovered from the horrific knee injury he suffered in 2014? Is he low on confidence? The man who moved from Atletico Madrid to Monaco in 2013 for $75 million and shone for several seasons in the Spanish capital and at FC Porto seems to have lost his sharpness and touch in the box since arriving in England.
With wages said to be at $400,000 per week and a clause in his deal for United to buy Falcao for $67 million at the end of the season, the Colombian forward has been an incredibly expensive acquisition for a return of just four Premier League goals in 17 games so far this season. Falcao has played in just two of United’s last five matches, even with Robin van Persie out injured, as Wayne Rooney has returned to the front line after playing in midfield.
Falcao’s future, right now, seems to lie away from Old Trafford. But if LVG can find the “solution” to the puzzling Falcao conundrum between now and the end of the season, his goals could be crucial in securing a top four finish for the Red Devils.