Radamel Falcao may be one of the best strikers in the world and most football followers would guarantee him a place in Manchester United’s starting line-up, but the Colombian is not taking anything for granted.
The 28-year-old joined the Red Devils on a season-long loan deal from AS Monaco on transfer deadline day. United are reported to have paid the French club £6 million as loan fee, with Falcao himself believed to be earning £265,000 a week.
But the former FC Porto and Atletico Madrid star is not taking his place in Louis van Gaal’s team for granted, and has made it clear that he knows that he has to earn his place in the first XI.
‘It was very exciting and special and I enjoyed being back’, Falcao told The Observer. ‘I now leave in a very good condition to join my club and I hope to be available next week.
‘I go to Manchester with lots of hopes to try to win a place in the team and then come back to play for Colombia. It’s better to not over-think and let things happen normally instead’.
Falcao was speaking following Colombia’s 1-0 defeat to Brazil in a friendly international in Miami on Friday. The star striker did not start the match and came on as a substitute for Real Madrid attacker James Rodriguez in the 77th minute.
The new United signing could have helped 10-man Colombia to a draw in the 90th minute when he headed an Adrian Ramos cross towards goal, but his effort went over the crossbar (click here to read more).
Falcao is not at the top of his game yet – after all, he has only recently returned to competitive football after missing the second half of last season with a serious knee injury – but the signs are positive.
The former River Plate striker’s attitude suggests that he will not be a ‘trouble-maker’ in the United dressing room if he is dropped. He has arrived at Old Trafford knowing that he has to earn his place in the team and is set to give his all; if the manager drops him, then he will accept the decision professionally.
With big-name players come big egos, but Falcao is just delighted to have joined United and work with Van Gaal. He may need some adapting to do in the Premier League and to the Dutchman’s tactics, but it is clear that he will do so with grace and determination.