Falcao: I’m almost 100% fit and ready to compete for places

by Richard Laverty

Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao is fully fit and ready to be called upon over the Christmas period.

The 28-year-old arrived at Old Trafford in September and slotted into the line-up straight away, setting up goals for Robin van Persie against both Leicester and West Ham before bagging himself against Everton in October.

However, just one week later against West Brom would be Falcao’s last appearance for a while at the club due to a persistent calf injury, although unrelated to the knee injury which ruled him out for several months.

Recent substitute appearances have given Falcao the chance to get minutes under his belt but he now believes he is back to full fitness and ready to shine at Old Trafford.

“I am very well,” Falcao said.

“I’m almost at 100 per cent now, let’s see wait and see what the decision of the coach is, when he wants to use me more.”

The striker spoke this week about his need for game time if he is to stay at the club beyond his loan spell and that he speaks a lot with Louis van Gaal and has nothing but respect for his new boss.

He added: “We talk a lot, the coach and I. He has a philosophy that I respect. I have had an injury, and I have had to wait for the opportunity to play.

“I feel ready for the moment that the team needs me. Whenever I have the opportunity to come on I try to do my best for the coach and I try to help the team.

“I am very happy because of the run that we are on. I am not playing many minutes but I am sure that there will more opportunities to play

“Every footballer wants to play, no one is happy when they are not playing, when they are on the bench, but whenever I am given the opportunity, whether it be for five, 10, 20 or 90 minutes, I have to give my best.”

James Wilson was preferred over Falcao against Liverpool due to his pace and with Robin van Persie in form, the Colombian has to be patient before starting games but his partnership with the Dutchman did provide results earlier in the season: “We have a group of strikers who are very good and that’s good for everyone.

“That means there is always a level of competition between us, healthy competition, and obviously I am very happy with how the team is doing.”

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