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Radamel Falcao’s United adventure may be coming to an end

Radamel Falcao’s United adventure may be coming to an end

Posted by Juan Gavasa on January 20, 2015

It seemed like a great fit this past summer when Manchester United came to the rescue of Radamel Falcao Garcia, who was aching to leave Monaco after spending a depressing five months playing for a team without clear options to win a second tier European League, followed by six more months of recovery from a knee injury that kept him away from the World Cup.

A fully revamped United, not competing in European competitions for the first time in 26 years, seemed like the best place to be for the Colombian. The Red Devils had brought in Louis Van Gaal to reroute the ship, and had also spent over 150 million euros in bringing in new talent that would invigorate the squad: Marco Rojo on defense, Luke Shaw as the last British sensation on the left-wing, Ander Herrera after failing to sign him on the closing bell of the previous summer transfer window and, of course, Angel Di Maria.

One of the best players of the last season, one of the main reasons for Real Madrid’s successful run in the Champions League and Argentina’s in the World Cup, was signed to become the best partner in crime for Radamel Falcao. A line up boasting the speed, precision, power and finishing skills of Di Maria, Van Persie, Rooney and Falcao, would scare any team in the Premier League, and with the added benefit of playing once a week, United was the clear favorite to win the tournament.

Five months later, this notion is quite far from what reality dictates. United is fourth, but trails league leaders, Chelsea, by 12 points. Moreover, it seems some of the new additions to the team really haven’t panned out. Radamel Falcao is the most flagrant case.

The Colombian took some time to get up to speed with the team, and as short term results started to become a necessity, Van Gaal put his trust in Rooney and Van Persie over the Colombian, awaiting is full recovery from the knee injury he suffered in January 2014.

In 13 games with the Red Devils, Falcao has only netted three goals and dished out three assists, far from the numbers he had been used to at Porto, Atletico Madrid and Monaco.

Louis Van Gaal has also made it obvious that the Colombian is not his top priority, and he has even left him out of some key matches — meaning he wasn’t even present on the bench against Southampton, which infuriated the player and his agent, Portuguese powerhouse Jorge Mendes.

Manchester United has paid an extraordinarily high 22 million euro price tag for a one-year loan of Falcao, extendable to a total of 45 million euro full-transfer next summer, but as of right now, Van Gaal –should he remain at the helm of the club after June– doesn’t seem too keen on keeping the Colombian by his side.

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