Three targets Manchester United should have pursued instead of injury-prone Falcao

Louis van Gaal may be ruing his decision to sign the Colombian on loan.

Radamel Falcao's fitness problems have stopped the Colombian in his tracks.

Now, there is even doubt as to whether Manchester United will sign him on a permanent deal, while Falcao has struggled to adapt to the physicality of English football. Will Louis van Gaal regret bringing him in on loan?

He certainly could have avoided such an injury-prone player by looking elsewhere. Here are three targets who could have done the job.

Ron Vlaar

Did United really need a striker, anyway? One option for Van Gaal could have been to keep Danny Welbeck and instead sign another defender. Why the Dutchman didn't seems to be one of life's great unsolved mysteries.

Man United's current defensive crisis sees them struggling to field a natural back four and Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar could have provided the solution.

Despite his quality at the back, Villa are still conceding goals and still struggling. Vlaar, then, would have been of much more use to United than he currently is at Villa Park.

Aymeric Laporte

An ambitious suggestion but the potential signing of Aymeric Laporte runs along the same lines. Why buy a striker when a defender was so badly needed?

The 20-year-old Frenchman is a bright prospect at centre-back and Ander Herrera could have used his ties with Athletic Bilbao to persuade him to come to Old Trafford over the summer.

However, if it was a striker Van Gaal so badly wanted...

Edinson Cavani

The Paris Saint-Germain forward may have lacked form over the last couple of seasons, while doubts have been expressed about his ability at the top level. But Edinson Cavani may have proved a better signing than Falcao simply due to the fact that he is fit enough to play regular football.

The Uruguayan constantly plays both in Ligue 1 and the Champions League and would surely be far more suited to the physicality of the Premier League - just like Luis Suarez was.

Cavani recently scored the fastest ever Champions League goal in PSG's history and, though he would have proven costly to prise away from the French club, the 27-year-old would have been a far more reliable option than the fragile Falcao.

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