It was one of the most exciting summers for Manchester United in recent memory.
After acquiring Angel Di Maria in a British record transfer as well as securing expensive signings Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind, they swooped for one of the most sought-after players in world football in Radamel Falcao.
The Colombian was only signed on loan as he looked to prove his fitness but has struggled to hold down a regular berth in the United side and looks completely bereft of confidence.
In his seven months at Old Trafford, Falcao has scored just four goals and has not started a game in almost a month. In that time, he has been forced to appear for the under-21 side in a bid to find some form.
However, there is an argument that he has been given a fair chance to shine at Old Trafford.
Falcao obviously wants to make the most of his chance at a truly huge club but he has not been given a fair opportunity.
He thrives on being the main striker in Louis van Gaal’s preferred 4-3-3 system but at no time has he played regularly on his own up front with wingers’ delivery to thrive on.
He has had to make do with playing alongside Robin van Persie in a diamond system with no width, a striker who makes similar runs and has the same instincts as Falcao.
With just eight games to go in his loan spell, it appears Falcao’s time is up at Old Trafford due to the fact there is so little time to turn his fortunes around, which is a shame as he blatantly wants to prove his worth to the club.
According to the Independent, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham are interested in his services this summer as they look to bolster their options up front. United’s rivals obviously think Falcao still has a lot to offer at the top level.
The Colombian is still on the right side of 30 and is just beginning to fully get over a serious knee injury that kept him out of the World Cup. He has completed 90 minutes in the Premier League just three times since moving to United.
Although he may not be worth the £40million+ figure which United must pay if they want him permanently, Falcao is a natural goalscorer and will flourish in the right system. The best option for the Red Devils may be to negotiate that fee down rather than discard the Colombian.