According to a report in the Mirror Radamel Falcao has a very important couple of months ahead of him at Manchester United.
The story claims the Colombian international faces a “make-or-break period” at the club, in which time they are likely to decide if they want to secure his services in a permanent deal next season.
Falcao has only made five appearances for United since his loan move from AS Monaco on transfer deadline day, featuring for a total of 250 minutes.
In that time he has scored once (the winner against Everton) and provided two assists, but recently he has been side-lined due to a calf injury and it is being suggested he has only a brief time to prove he can become a regular and effective starter for Louis van Gaal’s side.
So what matches do United have over the next two months, and how much impact could Falcao have if fit?
The answer to the second part of that question is simple: At his best the 28-year-old is one of the best finishers in the world and he could play a huge role in firing United up the table. But fitness remains a key issue and he will have to prove he can play week in, week out if van Gaal really is to stump up the cash for a permanent deal.
In the next two months United play 10 Premier League matches, including huge encounters against Arsenal, Liverpool and two matches against this season’s surprise package Southampton.
Van Gaal’s side also come up against Hull City, Aston Villa, Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur and Stoke City twice.
The toughest games are likely to be the away fixtures against Southampton, Arsenal and Tottenham, with the visit of Liverpool also sure to be a feisty affair.
But it is those games Falcao has been signed to influence, and having not been available for the recent matches against Manchester City and Chelsea, it is time for the Colombian to play – and score – on a regular basis.