Falcao will prove his worth, according to Colombia boss

Radamel Falcao

Colombia manager Jose Pekerman has backed Radamel Falcao to come good at Manchester United.

Radamel Falcao's Old Trafford arrival in September brought about a huge level of excitement and hysteria, particularly with the Red Devils' faithful, but also with Premier League followers in general.

As with all high profile transfers, Falcao's move to England also carried with it a huge level of expectation, one that might have been too much for a man who was just overcoming a serious knee injury.

Halfway through the season and the 28-year-old hasn't yet hit the level that earned him his reputation as one of the most deadly and instinctive strikers in world football.

In spite of this, his international coach Jose Pekerman told the official Copa America website that he still has faith the Colombian will prove himself in a United shirt.

Pekerman said: "It's a difficult period for him, but he's a proven player with regard to his mentality and he'll keep on working hard.

"I'm sure that this [difficult period] will just be temporary and he will come through it, I don't have any doubt.

"The most important thing is that he is well [after his injuries].

"Sometimes these situations are not easy… it's a shame because he's a lad we want to be playing regularly as he's a great player, but I expect it will sort itself out soon."

Contributing just three goals and three assists in 13 appearances has led many United fans and football followers alike to write off the former Atletico Madrid star as past his best.

He may not have found his feet in the hustle and bustle of Premier League football yet but one man who won't be writing him off is United boss Louis van Gaal.

There is still some way to go before Falcao's United loan is up and he will have plenty more opportunities to prove his worth.

He looked much more lively in the recent 2-0 win at QPR and should have scored at least twice during the match. As with all strikers, he just needs goals to boost his confidence. An appearance in tonight's FA Cup clash at Cambridge United could be the perfect opportunity for the struggling number nine to fill his boots.

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