Manchester United summer signing Radamel Falcao has vowed to silence his critics with goals once he returns to action.
Arriving at the transfer deadline from Monaco on a season-long loan deal for a reported £6 million, the Colombia international is still to complete 90 minutes for Louis van Gaal's side, and has netted just once in five appearances.
Having missed the second-half of last season and the summer’s World Cup after suffering anterior cruciate ligament damage, the striker has also been sidelined for the past four games with a nagging calf issue, with his latest fitness struggles leading to serious questions over whether he will be able to replicate his past form at Old Trafford.
Falcao, however, has hit back at those claims and, after returning to training this week, insists it won’t be long before people are just talking about his goalscoring.
"Probably as soon as I play and score goals they will stop talking,” he told DirecTV Sport.
"I have to try and ensure that everything that does not add something positive to me doesn't damage me. There is a lot of speculation but I have to try to isolate myself from it.
"When a player comes to a new league, with the numbers like I had in my previous clubs, it is normal there are high expectations. Unfortunately I have had to sit out a few games due to the injury.
"I've played five games, three of which I started. What I needed was to play to get used to the new league and when I have played I believe I have not had any problems. I think I've played well. I am very calm and happy."
Said to be on a £190,000-a-week contract at United, the club have the option to make Falcao’s move permanent next summer, but so far the former Porto star has done little to prove his worth.
Nevertheless, he has stressed that he has loved his time in England so far, as well as working under Van Gaal.
"He is very studious in terms of the tactics,” Falcao said of the Dutchman. “And he likes nice football but at the same time with a direct style. It fits very well with me.”