Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao has revealed his admiration for players such as Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes in an interview with Inside United.
Falcao joined United in September on a loan deal through to the end of the season and has already made himself somewhat of a cult hero at Old Trafford despite feature sporadically due to a calf injury.
The Colombian has himself revealed his own Old Trafford heroes and the players he admired most whilst growing up as a talented young striker in South America.
Unsurprisingly, several high-profile strikers of the past were mentioned as well as current assistant manager Ryan Giggs, the man who was on hand to welcome Falcao to the club on deadline day.
“I always admired Ruud van Nistelrooy in my position. He was a star attraction for me.”
“Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes too, for their style of play,” he said. “It is much admired by players from all over the world. David Beckham, of course. I couldn’t fail to mention him, as he has opened up the routes between continents as a footballer. They are legends who press all the right hero buttons. Eric Cantona as well – he was a very exciting and entertaining player to watch.”
As far as inspiration players go, Van Nistelrooy is up there with the best United have ever had and given that the Dutchman overcame huge injury problems to be a massive success at United, he’s a good role model for Falcao to have.
It appears Falcao always had something of an interest in United during the early stages of his career to admire several former legends from various teams Sir Alex Ferguson created during his time at Old Trafford.
Falcao has returned briefly to first team action in recent weeks and supporters will hope the popular striker can emulate his heroes by scoring the goals that continue United’s rehabilitation under Louis van Gaal.