Michael Owen’s big statement about Manchester United’s Radamel Falcao

Michael Owen claims that Manchester United should have retained the services of now-Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck instead of signing Radamel Falcao.

Michael Owen has explained why Manchester United should not have signed Radamel Falcao in the summer transfer window.

The Red Devils recruited the Colombia international striker on a season-long loan deal from AS Monaco in the summer.

Falcao joined United on transfer deadline day, while on the same day Danny Welbeck was sold to Arsenal for a reported fee of £16 million.

Owen, a former Liverpool and United star, has always backed Welbeck for success, and he has now made a bold statement.

“No,” he wrote on Sportlobster.com when asked if United should have told Welbeck. “I think United's current crop of strikers are the here and now.

“In 2 or 3 years they will need to reinvest a huge amount for their next star striker so I'd prefer to have seen a staggered approach in terms of age of strikers.

“I've no doubt he's got the quality to score goals for a top team. To be blunt, I would have kept Welbeck and not signed Falcao.”

Owen’s opinion that United will have to sign strikers in the next two or years is valid. Robin van Persie is 31, Falcao is 28 and Wayne Rooney is 29.

However, many will argue that United made the right move by offloading Welbeck and bringing in Falcao.

While Welbeck is 23 and has yet to truly prove himself, Falcao is a world-class finisher who has worked wonders in Europe in years gone by.

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