Louis Saha: Manchester United’s Radamel Falcao will come good

by Sam Peoples

Former Manchester United striker Louis Saha has backed misfiring Radamel Falcao has to still be a hit at Old Trafford.

Falcao arrived at Man United on loan from Monaco last summer but has scored just four goals in 19 appearances this season.

The Colombian has come under mounting criticism given his high wages and Louis van Gaal admitted last month that Falcao is yet to prove himself.

Saha knows a thing or two about the pressure of being a United striker after scoring 42 times in over four years at the club and he says Falcao will eventually come good.

Speaking about Falcao, Saha said: ”I have sympathy for Falcao – I know how hard it is to be a striker. There is always a lot of competition at Manchester United. It’s a battle but I have no doubts about him. He has the quality to do a great job there.

“Falcao is under pressure because of his contract and because of the amount of money that’s involved.

“And when you are in a different formation or under different management then you have to adapt. It could take three months, six months or maybe even a year before you understand it – it happens even to the best players.”

Falcao has put in some increasingly mediocre performances for United this season and it appears his days at the club may be numbered.

Against Preston North End on Monday night, Falcao was laboured and predictable and was hauled off after an hour played with United 1-0 down.

His replacement, Ashley Young, changed the game as the team sealed a 3-1 victory thanks to goals from Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini and Wayne Rooney. Falcao will have to play much better and soon if he is to earn himself a permanent deal at the club.

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