Manchester United's Michael Carrick always knew Falcao would deliver

Michael Carrick says Radamel Falcao's strike record made it inevitable that he would get goals for Manchester United and is backing him to go on a 'streak'.

It was only his second goal of the season, but you got the feeling watching Radamel Falcao wheel away in celebration at Villa Park that he may be about to catch fire.

That is a view shared by those around him at Manchester United.

The Red Devils were delighted to secure the Colombian’s services on transfer deadline day, with a season-long loan bringing him to England from Monaco.

He may have been acquired on the back of a serious knee injury, which dashed his World Cup dream over the summer, but there was no questioning his record in front of goal.

Successful spells at Porto, Atletico Madrid and Monaco suggested that United had acquired a player capable of firing them into Premier League title contention.

Others have done that for him, with questions asked of his fitness, but Falcao is now ready to play his part – having been handed a starting berth in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Aston Villa.

Michael Carrick is among those backing the prolific South American to prove his doubters wrong, with there few better strikers in world football when firing on all cylinders and presented with the kind of service he thrives on.

"He's scored so many goals over the years and you always feel that when he gets that chance he will score,” Carrick told MUTV.

“It was a terrific header, so I'm pleased for him. After being out for a bit that's him back and hopefully he can go on a bit of a streak now.

"It was a great run by Ashley (Young), a great ball and a great header. It was a nice goal all around and I'm pleased for Falcao."

  GoalsTotal Scoring AttOntarget Scoring AttTotal Att AssistTouchesAppearancesMins Played
Falcao 2 17 8 8 192 9 385

Falcao has netted over 200 goals in his club career, and a further 21 for his country.

His strike rate is considerably better than one every other game and he should be at the peak of his powers at the age of 28.

There is still work to be done for him in the Premier League, but if his effort against Villa can produce a spark then United will happily pay the £43.5 million required to turn his loan deal into a permanent transfer.

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