Transfer deadline day in the summer was one of the most eventful in Manchester United’s history. Some of the transfers including signing Daley Blind from Ajax with the aim to finally shore up their midfield and local lad Danny Welbeck was shipped off to Arsenal in a deal some supporters disagreed with.
That being said, it was almost all completely overshadowed by a transfer nobody saw coming when Radamel Falcao arrived at Carrington and signed on a year-long loan deal. His record spoke for itself; having proved himself in Europe as well as internationally, this looked to be a brilliant piece of business for United. Oh how times have changed. Just over five months into his time in Manchester and it is starting to look like it really will not work out for him.
A poor run of goals in games has left a lot of people unconvinced as to whether he should stay at the club. A below-par performance against West Ham and quiet game versus Burnley It was yet another poor performance from the man that United fans were so excited to see come to the club. Yes, there could have been better service from the midfielders but Falcao and van Persie both need to improve their finishing, so they share some of the blame.
There have been glimpses of his quality but they haven’t been in abundance. It could be time for United to cut their losses and accept that it just isn’t a good fit.
Van Gaal seems to want to partner Falcao with Van Persie at the head of United’s attack. Neither is the sort of player who seems willing to work the channels and make things happen for themselves. Had Falcao been played alongside Wayne Rooney instead, things may have been very different for him.
Instead, his immobility has made United’s forward play look stagnant and short of ideas at times without someone to play that role. The fact that Falcao is waiting for something to happen rather than force it to by himself is what the problem is. It is obvious that a much more energetic, faster and all round more creative player is needed in his position and, unfortunately, that is not the type of footballer he is.
There is no doubting Falcao’s quality. He has shown just how good he is at previous clubs. However, it seems van Gaal’s habit of fitting square pegs into round holes has had the most disastrous effect on the Colombian. Things could have turned out so different for Falcao. Injuries, bad luck and questionable man-management by van Gaal may have all played their part in his failure at United. There is no doubt he wants to prove himself as a United player and extend his deal. He has been given his chance but, ultimately, it just hasn’t worked out.
It is a harsh truth that many United fans may not want to face but it could possibly be time to accept the idea that Radamel Falcao and Manchester United are just not meant to be.