Two shots, 47 touches: Falcao’s struggles continuing at Manchester United

Radamel Falcao

Radamel Falcao still looks to be struggling since signing for Manchester United.

Falcao has yet to hit top form since signing on loan for Manchester United from Monaco.

The 28-year-old forward is renowned for his goalscoring ability and technical finishing, but his return of just two goals in 11 games for the Red Devils has failed to prove himself in the Premier League. Injury has not helped, with his place in the team coming under scrutiny, but, having returned to full fitness, he has still looked flustered - and his performance against Tottenham Hotspur did little to please head coach Louis van Gaal.

The game at White Hart Lane ended 0-0, and the goalkeepers where to thank for the shut-out, with both teams having a fair share of goalscoring opportunities. Robin van Persie and Falcao himself should have given United the lead in the first half, whilst Harry Kane missed a good opportunity, before Spurs started to dominate the second half and were unlucky to finish the game with just one point.

With the quadruple threat of Falcao, van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata, it should be considered a success that Spurs came away with a point, but van Gaal will be ruing missed chances as his side struggled to a second consecutive away draw - and the Colombian could well be the target of his criticism.

  ShotsKey PassesSuccessful DribblesAerials WonTotal PassesPassing AccuracyTouches
Falcao 2 0 2 1 20 85% 47

The forward looked off the pace once again against the back-line of Jan Vertonghen and Federico Fazio, and he registered just two shots - one of which he really should have scored. Whilst one could be forgiven for a bad run in front of goal if he were influencing the game from a creative standpoint, the former Atletico man failed to play a single key pass, and he only completed two dribbles and won one aerial duel - hardly the performance of an all-powerful centre forward.

To make up for his failures in front of goal, the Colombian should be praised for his work rate, and he was remarkably willing to fight for the ball rather than losing interest when Spurs had possession.

  TacklesInterceptions
Falcao 3 2

He won three tackles and completed three interceptions, and was frequently found in the midfield third of the pitch looking to win the ball back after his teammates were wasteful with possession. It’s just a shame he himself was wasteful in front of goal.

There have been positives from Falcao’s short career at Old Trafford that have hinted that the player signed is still somewhere underneath the injury-hit forward. One would expect to see him break out of his shell if given an extend run in the team, but, as of yet, there is little to give promise that the Colombian will be making his stay in Manchester a permanent one.

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