Radamel Falcao is quickly becoming one of the most talked about players at Manchester United right now given a decision over his future is getting closer every day.
Falcao joined United on loan on deadline day in September and the excitement among supporters at the signing of a world class forward set the tone.
But despite a bright start to life at Old Trafford, Falcao managed just one goal before a calf injury ruled him out for over a month.
But two goals in five starts over the Christmas period suggested Falcao would be kept on until he was left out of the squad for the visit of Southampton. Despite an apparent lack of game time, Falcao’s stats aren’t bad compared to his team-mates Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie.
The 29-year-old has a better minutes-per-goal record than the latter and is five goals behind the pair of him, playing around 1000 minutes less than both.
The Colombian has also contributed in other areas; his movement and overall play has often been of the top quality whilst he has chipped in with important assists for both his strike partners.
The Southampton game is more scrutinised now given the defeat but rumours had already begun that Falcao wouldn’t be given a permanent deal.
However, if he starts hitting the back of the net regularly over the coming months, Van Gaal may not be able to continue ignoring the striker.