Manchester United will return to Premier League action today when they take on Queens Park Rangers at Old Trafford, and there is one former Liverpool star who is looking forward to the clash.
Jamie Carragher has commented on the Red Devils ahead of the match. Writing in the Daily Mail, the former England international defender pointed out that playing Radamel Falcao, Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney in the same line-up will be a massive challenge for manager Louis van Gaal.
‘If Van Gaal is going to make things tick for United, he is going to have to make some high-profile and tough decisions with his team selection’, wrote the Liverpool legend.
‘The biggest one of all is how will he possibly get Falcao, Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney in the same team?’
That question has been posed by former footballers-turned-pundits and United fans alike, but no one has yet been able to come up with a definitive answer.
But is it really that utopian to believe that Falcao, Van Persie and Rooney can all play together in the same team?
True, they tend to occupy similar positions and space, but Van Gaal already knew that and still signed the Colombian striker. Perhaps he has a ‘masterplan’ that no one knows about.
Carragher also writes of the importance of Falcao and believes that the 28-year-old, who joined United on a season-long loan deal from AS Monaco on transfer deadline day, could be the key to the Manchester outfit’s resurgence this season.
‘Falcao, for instance, is a brilliant addition to the Barclays Premier League and if he recaptures the form he showed for Atletico Madrid — his performance against Chelsea in the 2012 European Super Cup is still in my mind — he will transform United’, wrote the 36-year-old.
At this time last season Falcao was (arguably?) the best striker in the world – yes, better than Luis Suarez, Rooney, Van Persie and Diego Costa – but a long-term knee injury he suffered in January has raised concerns on how he will cope with the rigours of Premier League football.
Falcao has now completely recovered and was among the goals for Monaco in Ligue 1 before his switch to Old Trafford. It could take some time for the former Porto star to settle in at his new team, but once he gets his rhythm back, he will be unstoppable.