Radamel Falcao’s loan move to Manchester United was the most high profile transfer of deadline day and many of the game’s high profile figures have had their say on the Colombian’s move.
Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo has approved of the deal that has seen Falcao move from Ligue 1 club Monaco to Louis Van Gaal’s Manchester United squad.
Ronaldo was speaking at a TAG Heuer event in Madrid and was full of praise for the Colombian striker who shares the same agent as the Portuguese star.
‘He is very good player. I think Manchester did very well. I don’t think he is the wrong type of player. He is a top player so I don’t think it is a wrong buy.
“I think he will be fantastic. Manchester have not started well, two points, so they need quality players and Falcao is a quality player.”
Former Liverpool great Jamie Carragher spoke to Sky Sports about the arrival of the Colombian and the pundit has reservations about how Van Gaal will keep three high profile strikers happy.
“It’s a massive transfer for him to come here but you look at other strikers Manchester United have. [Robin] Van Persie knows the manager very well from Holland, and has a good relationship, and he has made Rooney captain.
“You need players for the squad but you look at Falcao and he is going to want to play. It’s going to be interesting to see how he juggles those three players and how he gets them into the staring line up. I think it’ll be difficult to keep them all happy.”
Former Republic of Ireland striker Niall Quinn also spoke to Sky Sports about the arrival of Falcao to Old Trafford and explained how it may benefit Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie.
“This will actually kick Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie on a little bit – they’ll be thinking ‘ok, we’ve got to fire even further than we have been’.
“To make Manchester United improve, Louis van Gaal doesn’t just rely on reputations – he builds his teams around people pushing each other and really buying into his philosophy, but also increased competition and Falcao coming to Manchester United is a wonderful lift to the football club”
The 28-year-old Colombian could now be in line to make his debut against Harry Redknapp’s QPR and it will be interesting to see how Van Gaal utilizes the abundance of talent he has at his disposal in attacking areas.
Falcao scored 70 goals in 91 appearances during his time with La Liga club Athletico Madrid and if he can replicate a similar strike rate at Old Trafford it will be a huge boost, as United must now aim to secure Champions League football in a summer that has seen them spend unprecedented transfer fees to acquire much needed quality.
Dan Dalton, Pundit Arena.
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