Man Utd star Falcao can take heart from former hero Ruud van Nistelrooy

by Richard Laverty

Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao hasn’t had the impact at Old Trafford that either he or the fans would have hoped for when it was announced the Colombian would join the club on deadline day.

Falcao has struggled for fitness and despite a spell in the team at the start of the season, the striker has managed just one goal in three months for the club but has recently seen his season curtailed by a calf injury.

The 28-year-old returned two weeks ago against Hull and could be in line for a further showing against Liverpool on Sunday but the former Atletico Madrid man can take heart my a striker who suffered similar issues to him just over a decade ago.

In 2000, Ruud van Nistelrooy was all set to join United but suffered a serious knee injury, similar to the one picked up by Falcao earlier this year which meant he missed the rest of the Ligue 1 season and the 2014 World Cup.

 

Van Nistelrooy eventually arrived at Old Trafford a mere twelve months later and hit the ground running almost immediately.

The Dutchman spent five years at the club and became a regular goal scorer and a permanent fixture in the team despite players such as Louis Saha, Diego Forlan and Wayne Rooney arriving in the years after.

Falcao has struggled with other injuries as opposed to the knee injury that curtailed his Monaco campaign but can and should take inspiration by Ruud van Nistelrooy. But the clock is ticking for Falcao, given United will have to decide whether or not to make his loan deal permanent, the striker needs to start firing as soon as possible.

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