Falcao or Cristiano Ronaldo for Manchester United?

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Manchester United have today been linked with Falcao, but wouldn't fans rather see Ronaldo back at Old Trafford?

It is the news story which has dominated today's agenda surrounding Old Trafford, reports from Spain which have linked Colombian hotshot Falcao with a mega-money move to Old Trafford.

Spanish newspaper Marca even claimed United have given Atletico a down payment to give them first option for a summer switch.

But with a transfer likely to cost in the region of £50 million - Is he the best option the club could get providing they are prepared for that sort of money?

It was not so long ago that the papers were claiming Manchester United wanted to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo, who has just two years left on his Real Madrid contract, with it claimed that if he does not commit to a new one soon, Madrid may consider cashing in for £55 million.

So who would be the better option?

Both players will be tough to sign, but on the pitch they guarantee one thing: Goals.

Falcao has 27 goals already this season, including five in one match in a demolition of Deportivo. Last season he bagged 36 goals in his debut season in Spain, and may yet exceed that figure, even without the latter stages of Europa League football.

The season before at Porto he was phenomenal, 40 goals in 46 matches, including 17 in 14 Europa League games as he fired Andre Villas-Boas' side to a remarkable treble.

But for all his incredible exploits, they are shadowed by the masterful Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored his 10th and 11th Champions League goals of the season in midweek.

Ronaldo has 49 goals already this season, and could even match or exceed the 60 club goals he netted for Real Madrid last season. The year prior he bagged 54.

These are figures which don't so much just eclipse Falcao, they blow him out of the water. 

Ronaldo has another dimension to his game with his ability to play wide and drift inside, while Falcao is a more orthodox striker, who could cause more of a selection headache for the Red Devils; albeit a nice problem to have.

Falcao is a year younger at 27 than Ronaldo, and has never played Champions League football, although this is unlikely to remain for much longer. A hunger to succeed and prove himself at his peak could make him a more attractive option for United.

What do you think? Who would you prefer given the choice - Falcao or Ronaldo?

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