When Radamel Falcao joined Manchester United on a season-long loan from Monaco, he came with a reputation as one of the world's deadliest centre forwards and his goalscoring record meant few could argue with that sentiment.
His fame was such that as soon as he stepped on the pitch for his United debut he instantly became a favourite among the Old Trafford faithful, who thought they were getting a world beater. 19 games later in a Red Devils shirt and many supporters can't wait to see the back of the Colombian, who is said to be earning a staggering £265,000 per week according to a Telegraph report.
Falcao led the line for United in their 3-1 FA Cup win over League One's Preston North End last night, but like most of his games this season he was nullified by their defence. With United 1-0 down, Van Gaal dragged Falcao off and replaced him with Ashely Young, much to the striker's disappointment.
Former United man Paul McGrath believes the 29-year-old's reaction says it all about his stay with United so far and he told talkSPORT: “Radamel Falcao is not getting the sort of service he would at other clubs he’s played for, United have been a bit nervous and a lot of the team has changed from last season.
“He goes on runs and the ball just doesn’t come to him or it comes to him too quickly and it runs through to the goalkeeper.
“He thrives on little things on the box and even those things aren’t coming off for him at the moment.
“Maybe it’s the pace of English football or the Premier League, but he’s out of sorts.
“It’s certainly not working out for him. You can see his reaction when he got brought off last night, he’s not happy at the club.”
Is McGrath right?
It is a striker's job to score goals, assists can become part of their role, but predominantly they are played in the most advanced positions for their ability to hit the back of the net. When they aren't scoring, like in Falcao's scenario, they usually aren't happy with themselves.
The Colombian has little right to be unhappy with the club, after all he is being paid an astronomical wage and has had plenty of chances now to make his mark.
Four goals in 19 games is just not good enough for a striker who has proven world class ability - Falcao is letting himself and Manchester United down when he plays like he did last night and now it seems almost certain that he will not be with the club next season.