Manchester United fans react to Falcao vs City in the Champions League

Manchester United's Radamel Falcao warms up

City beware: El Tigre is not the same wounded beast we saw at Old Trafford or Stamford Bridge.

The script is surely already written and Warner Brothers have bought the rights. Radamel Falcao, simply disastrous during one season at Old Trafford, squaring up to their City rivals in the Champions League round-of-16? It’s just got to happen.

On initial inspection, the prospect of Manchester City facing Monaco, the perennial runners-up in French Ligue 1, represents a solid platform for Pep Guardiola and co to replicate last season’s run to the semis. But then you consider that, to borrow a phrase from the esteemed Chris Sutton, their central defenders are horrendous. And the goalkeeper doesn't look too great either.

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Meanwhile, Monaco, alleged exponents of the bore draw who frequently fluke their way through the group stage, are averaging over three goals per game in Ligue 1 this season. In fact, only one side has ever scored more than the principality club after the first 17 games of a domestic season.

For the record, and niche football quizzes, they’re behind only a rather prolific RC Paris side from all the way back in 1960.

And then there’s Falcao. The forlorn figure that sloped around the Old Trafford turf, netting just four times in 26 Premier League appearances has gone. It would be premature to suggest Falcao is back to his world beating best but, with 12 goals in 14 games this season, El Tigre is on the prowl again.

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And United fans are getting a little giddy about the prospect of one of the most disappointing signings in the club’s history tearing into their neighbours in front of the watching world.

Manchester United's Radamel Falcao warms up

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