Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen has doubts on the fitness of new signing Radamel Falcao.
The Colombia international striker signed a season-long loan deal with the Red Devils on transfer deadline day, with the Manchester outfit paying his parent club AS Monaco a reported loan fee of £6 million.
Falcao is widely regarded as a world-class player and is one of the best finishers on the planet (click here to read more), but there have been recent doubts on his fitness.
The 28-year-old suffered a serious knee injury in January and missed the second half of the 2013-14 season as a result. Although the former FC Porto star tried his best to recover in time for the 2014 World Cup, he had to sit out of the tournament in Brazil.
Meulensteen, who worked with Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford and was also the Fulham manager for a brief spell last season, has raised concerns over Falcao’s fitness.
‘Obviously Falcao has been excellent and is a world-class striker, but the only reservation you have to have with him is, is he still, because of his recent injuries, going to be able to produce that same level as we all know he’s capable of?’ the 50-year-old Dutchman told talkSPORT.
Meulensteen’s concerns are very much understandable. After a player recovers from a serious and long-term injury, there are doubts that he may not be the same player he was.
The Premier League is very physical, and that could affect Falcao in the early weeks of his adventure in England.
However, Falcao has fully recovered from his problems and was among the goals for Monaco in Ligue 1 this season before his move to United.
Although the former Atletico Madrid star is not exactly at the top of his game at the moment, he is a determined figure who will do what it takes to recover his old touch and form.