Peter Schmeichel comments on Falcao's long-term future at Manchester United

Radamel Falcao

Peter Schmeichel believes Manchester United would still love to sign Radamel Falcao permanently.

Manchester United splashed the cash last summer, bringing in the likes of Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Daley Blind, Ander Herrera and Angel Di Maria in a bid to improve upon last season's disappointing seventh place finish.

They also managed to snap up Monaco striker Radamel Falcao on loan for the season during the final hours of transfer deadline day back in September, with fans naturally excited about his arrival.

The Colombian, 29, had established himself as one of the most dangerous strikers in world football during spells with Porto, Atletico Madrid and then Monaco, hitting 155 goals in just 200 games in his time with those clubs.

However, just over a year ago, Falcao suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament, which ruled him out of the World Cup last summer - and with little time to rehabilitate, United were taking a big gamble on his fitness.

So far, it hasn't worked. Falcao has hit just four goals in 16 appearances this season, and was completely anonymous in United's FA Cup clash against League One side Preston last week.

Falcao is currently playing for a permanent deal at United, and Red Devils legend Peter Schmeichel told Sky Sports that if he can prove his fitness, Louis van Gaal's men would love to keep him at Old Trafford.

"We knew when he came that he had this injury and it was his reaction to coming back that was to be the exciting part," said Schmeichel.

"Unfortunately he’s had more injuries but if he is a 100% from next season then he’s the kind of player that I think Manchester United would love to add permanently to the club."

"He has proven himself to be a fantastic goalscorer in the past and he’s been unlucky in the last 18 months. Hopefully he can get through this injury hell and get back to what he used to be," he added.

United have been bereft of pace up front, so adding Falcao on a permanent basis may not be such a smart move considering the huge amount of money they would have to pay - but with more goals in the final weeks of the season, he could convince United to keep him long-term.

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