The roof almost lifted off Old Trafford when Radamel Falcao opened his Manchester United account against Everton last weekend.
After weeks of knocking on the door, Falcao reeled off in childish glee when he saw the linesman didn’t raise his flag after scoring and ran straight to the crowd, knee slide and all.
It was a genuine outburst of emotion from Falcao, pent up excitement that was bubbling under the surface. Relief and elation in equal measure from Falcao, unadulterated explosions of joy in the crowd.
Falcao, 28, joined the club in a surprise move on deadline day but had been frustrated in his efforts to find the back of the net in his first performances for the club until that game but finally, he got his first goal for the club.
Falcao’s trademark chant has already found its way to Manchester and it’s clear that every United supporter is keen to see Falcao start scoring on a regular basis.
The Colombian’s popularity compared to other signings possibly comes from the fact nobody in Manchester expected the star striker to be appearing in a red shirt, even in the very early hours of deadline day there were no clear reports suggesting the 28-year old would join Manchester United.
Added onto that is Falcao’s genuine love for being in Manchester. He and his wife are so chuffed with the move that he’s already talked about joining permanently and becoming a legend at the club. He already feels at home.
That, and the fact Falcao has scored 200 club goals in just over 300 games.
An all-round feeling of giddiness has swept across the red side of Manchester in recent weeks and it’ll only grow stronger when Falcao goes on a goalscoring run. That will happen, it’s a case of when and not if. When it does, expect to see some fireworks.