Radamel Falcao has been speaking about his move to Manchester United, revealing that Louis van Gaal took a risk when bringing the Colombian to Old Trafford.
In an interview with Onda Cero and later published by Goal.com, the United loan star said, “Manchester United were the ones that gambled on me when it was very difficult to do so.
“It has been a very difficult year, not just in my professional career. What happened at the start of the year (his serious knee injury) affected me in every way, but it has also helped me grow as a human being, to think about many things, to mature.”
When United announced the loan signing of Falcao on transfer deadline day, few saw it as a risk. After all, the striker had a truly outstanding goal-scoring record and while he had been side-lined for many months, he had returned to Monaco’s first-team and netted two goals in just three games.
The fact that United were only initially taking the 28-year-old on a temporary basis also meant the risk was minimal, if he did suffer another injury setback.
But Falcao’s comments show just what a huge club United remain despite their dip in form following the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson.
Many questioned if big players would be willing to move to Old Trafford after the club had slipped to seventh in the Premier League last season and subsequently missed out on a Champions League place.
But the signings of Falcao and Angel Di Maria have emphatically answered that question, and where many would have said it was a risk on the Colombian’s part joining a club still in transition, his recent comments suggest it was actually the other way round.