The thing that made Falcao great was he was nearly always first to the ball through shear hunger. Now I don't know if he's been feed too much but that hunger is well and truely gone. As Miroslav has already said, a great player doesn't become shit overnight, so what has happened to him? Legs can't hack it anymore? Hasn't recovered from his injury? Doesn't like English football? Too many prostitutes? Too much fish n chips? Doesn't like the cold and the rain? Can't stand VGs tactics? Love triangle between him, RVP and Fred the red? Not used to the watered down version of our cocaine? I could go on but I think you more or less get my point..... Whatever the reason even though I think as well under a different formation he could become great again I wouldn't like to take the risk of signing him on a full time basis ( if he hasn't already been signed) Is it really worth paying nearly £130m over 5 years on the hope we will make it? Me thinks not.
Ok, but so far he's had what? - 15 appearances? And from those he's only had a handful of 90mins...4 goals. Yeah, that's nowhere near good enough, but some players find it easier to adapt to Premier league football, and some don't. So far in his career he's only played for and against more...gentle players, and he comes here and has to deal with elbows flying everywhere, people bullying him off the ball, etc. You could see yesterday how he was hesitant and unwilling to go into 1 on 1 challenges, take over defenders and basically fight for the ball. I don't know if he's ever going to fit in, but until he's here might as well use him (and hopefully to his strengths) because yesterday he was going in too deep for me, once he can stay up front with the proper supply, we might see his game improve
Manchester United's Radamel Falcao set for top-level talks to thrash out his Old Trafford future
14:44, 1 March 2015 By John Cross
Super-agent Jorge Mendes to discuss with Reds chiefs this week whether they will sign £265,000-a-week loanee who has made little impression permanently
Radamel Falcao is heading for crunch talks over his Manchester United future.
Colombian striker Falcao's agent, Jorge Mendes, is due to hold top-level discussions with members of the Old Trafford hierarchy this week.
On-loan Monaco star Falcao has insisted he is fully fit after last year's cruciate knee injury that kept him out of the World Cup finals, but has privately admitted he is struggling for confidence and has not scored in his last four games.
One of the low points came at Preston two weeks ago, when he was substituted in the FA Cup as he struggled to make an impact against third-tier opposition.
Falcao is on £265,000-a-week contract and United must decide whether to sign him permanently when his loan expires in the summer.
He has failed to to make himself a must-pick for manager Louis van Gaal but wants to stay, while United must decide whether the 29-year-old fits into their long-term plans.
There were tears, emotions' flood, struggling, misunderstanding and ungiven birthday cakes perhaps:
Radamel Falcao driven to tears by Manchester United woes, claims friend
• Former agent says Falcao ‘does not know how to deal with the situation’ • Colombian was selected to play for United’s Under-21s 10 days ago • Van Gaal insists he did not want to humiliate Falcao in Under-21s
Radamel Falcao did not know how to deal with being asked to play for Manchester United's Under-21s, according to his former agent. Photograph: Chris Brunskill/AMA/Corbis
Radamel Falcao was so distraught at playing for Manchester United reserves that he reportedly called a friend on the way to the game to confess: “I don’t know how to deal with this situation.” The striker is also said to have cried many times over his current predicament.
The Colombian was selected to play for United’s Under-21s against Tottenham Hotspur 10 days ago. In a move sanctioned by Louis van Gaal, Falcao was selected as the centre-forward in Warren Joyce’s team but endured a difficult match and was replaced after 71 minutes.
According to AS Colombia, Falcao called his former agent Silvano Espindola, en route to Old Trafford, to discuss the selection.
Espindola told AS Colombia: “When he was on his way to the ground to play this game with the reserves, he called me. We spoke for 20 minutes until he reached the stadium and he told me: ‘I’ve never been through something like this, I don’t know how to deal with this situation. It feels weird for me.”’
Asked about this last Friday Van Gaal denied it was a humiliation for the player. “I let my players play in the second squad. I read a lot in the papers that it was a humiliation. I don’t think so. It was a professional attitude of the manager, the club and the player,” said the United manager. “Falcao has not reacted like the media. That is a big difference. He didn’t play the best but he tried his utmost best. I cannot ask for more.”
Yet with Falcao struggling to be chosen regularly Espindola is clear the striker is not content and cries regularly. “We talk a lot. I’m not going to say that he feels happy because he’s not,” he said. “We’ve spoken many times and cried together. It’s not an easy situation because every player wants to play and every goalscorer wants to score goals, that’s normal.
“But, at the moment, he isn’t scoring and that’s part of his football. He’s recovering his best form. When we spoke, I told him that this happens to every striker, that he’ll get over this poor run, and has happened to every great striker. When you don’t score, you’re going to begin to feel the pressure.”
In all seriousness, he's done well and that was a very good finish for his first. However, a performance like that against very low quality opposition probably wouldn't translate to much in the Prem. Having said that, he's a striker and he's done his job in scoring two goals.
Here's hoping it gives him a boost. Even if he isn't to stay here, I'd still like to see him give us some top performances before he leaves. IF he leaves, of course.
Indeed. But I think LVG will want to spend 40M elsewhere. With Welbeck gone, RVP ageing, and Falcao failing to find his best form, we're bound to move for a forward this summer, aren't we?
But when you think about it, I still wonder how we managed to struggle to find the back of the net at times, having Falcao, Van Persie, and Rooney in the same club lol. On paper it looks absolutely incredible.