Columbia Jose Pekerman believes that Radamel Falcao will soon be at his best for Manchester United after spending time on the sidelines through injury. The Colombian striker, who is currently on loan from AS Monaco for the season, missed the matches against Chelsea, Manchester City and Crystal Palace. The United striker has only scored one goal since he joined the club on transfer deadline day, and has yet to complete 90 minutes for his club. Over the past three or four seasons, Falcao has hit some magnificent form for the clubs he has played for; FC Porto, Atletico Madrid and AS Monaco, which was before he got a horrible knee injury, which forced him out of the FIFA World Cup this summer.
The international break has given Falcao and extra week and a bit to gain his fitness ahead of the crunch Barclays Premier League clash with Arsenal at The Emirates this coming Saturday. With the fact that Manchester United striker Robin van Persie is not firing on all cylinders at the moment, despite him scoring for the Netherlands in the mat against Latvia on Sunday afternoon, the addition of Falcao in the starting eleven would be a major boost, considering this is a must win match for United, or they will risk last season’s low league form happening again. United have failed to win any of their away matches this season, which would be blessing if that could change on Saturday.
Falcao missed the 2-1 victory over the United States of America at Craven Cottage on Friday evening, and he will also sit out of the match against Slovenia in Ljubljana on Tuesday evening. Speaking ahead of the victory over the USA, Peterman, speaking at his press conference, reported by the Manchester Evening News, saying:
“This is a new stage for him and for the (Manchester United) team, needing time to adapt to numerous signings, playing in a new competition.
“Falcao is a top player, I’m optimistic he will overcome this stage and soon be at his level.”
The Columbian striker has made 54 appearances for his country, scoring 21 goals since 2007. At club level, Falcao has made 309 appearances, scoring 201 goals, which is a pretty good record for a striker. If he can raise the level of his game at United and start to become that predatory striker he has been at River Place, FC Porto and Atletico Madrid in recent years, he will prove to be a great signing by Louis van Gaal. If he continues the performances and injury record he has had most recently at AS Monaco, he will be considered just another failure at the club, which would be a shame seeing as he made 22 appearances over two season in France, scoring 13 goals, which is not all that bad, adding the fact he spent the second half of last season on the sidelines. If Falcao is fully fit for the Arsenal match this coming weekend, I think he will be up for making himself known once again.