121 goal striker backing Falcao 'to do very well for Manchester United'

Andy Cole believes Radamel Falcao will score plenty for Manchester United.

Not many people know more about scoring goals for Manchester United than Andrew Cole. The former England international spent eight seasons with United, scoring 121 goals in 275 games - including three 20-plus seasons in a row between 1997 and 2000.

He also bagged plenty of goals in his time for Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers and if there is one thing Cole knows about it is putting the ball in the back of the net. Today he has been talking about a player who also shares a similar hobby - Manchester United newbie Radamel Falcao.

The Colombian arrived at the club on Transfer Deadline day and showed glimpses of his promise against Leicester City last week - setting up Robin van Persie and hitting the bar himself in the ultimately disappointing 5-3 defeat at the King Power Stadium.

And Cole believes Falcao has all the attributes to bang in the goals this season. He told the Manchester United website:

"Of course, he had a bad injury with his cruciate [knee ligament] and it's a case of getting yourself back up to match speed. There were flashes the other day at Leicester and everyone knows what a quality player he is.

"It was a super ball for Robin van Persie and a superb header for us to go 1-0 up. He will score goals at this level because he's a quality player. Fingers crossed, he'll stay away from injuries and do very well for Manchester United.

"For me personally, when I look at him, I see an old-fashioned centre-forward. He wants to get into the box and score goals. He is very brave. You don't see a lot of that any more in the game. It's why he went to Monaco in the first place for £50million. He gives you a hell of a lot of goals."

Falcao is certainly in the old school mould of a bullish striker. His mind is always concentrating on one thing - how to get the ball in the back of the net, a commodity Cole can certainly relate to.

And if Falcao has an impact similar to Cole's at Old Trafford he will be a fan favourite in no time.

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