Colombian international Falcao has started his Old Trafford career in solid, if unspectacular fashion.
12 Premier League games have brought just three goals and three assists, and, although hit with an injury in the early weeks of his loan spell, he has struggled to make an impact upon Louis van Gaal’s team selections. The 28-year-old was left out of van Gaal’s side on Sunday as the Red Devils fell to a 1-0 defeat to Southampton, and despite his talents in front of goal, the Dutch coach clearly does not see him as the long-term solution to current goalscoring woes.
Due to the coach’s seeming dislike of Falcao, the forward’s future has come under intense scrutiny, and many reports including this one from ESPN have indicated that he will not sign a permanent deal with United at the end of his loan deal. The Red Devils have the option to sign him for a £43.5 million fee from Monaco, but former United midfielder Gordon Hill doesn’t want them to take up the offer, telling talkSPORT that he wouldn’t sign the Colombian if he was manager.
The club legend, who turned out over 100 times at Old Trafford in the 1970’s, said: “If I was the manager I would let Falcao go.
“If he was fit, I would have no problem paying the money, but I’ve always worried about his fitness since he first came.
“He goes off in certain games. Sometimes he doesn’t look like he can play a 90 minute game.”
Hill’s criticism of Falcao seems fairly justified, as he does appear incapable of completing a full game, but it is likely that he has never been at full fitness since signing for United. He arrived in Manchester after playing just three games for Monaco this season having been injured since January 2014, and the injury suffered in October put a hold to his return to match fitness.
Working his way back to the required match level is a tough task, but clearly Hill is not convinced he will be able to, and the ex-United star believes that paying upwards of £40 million for Falcao could prove to be a waste of money, despite his obvious talents.