Former Manchester United striker Louis Saha has backed Radamel Falcao to come good at the club despite enduring a difficult loan spell thus far, Sky
The Colombian was brought in on loan from Monaco in a high-profile move at the end of the summer transfer window. Much was expected, but he has so far struggled for full fitness and goals, scoring just four times in 19 appearances and completing 90 minutes on only four occasions.
Man Utd have the option of signing Falcao on a permanent basis in the summer for £45m, and even then they would have to satisfy his high wage demands. Manager Louis van Gaal has never ruled out the possibility of completing a deal, but has said that the former Atletico Madrid man was ‘yet to prove himself’ at Old Trafford.
But Saha, who played for United between 2004 and 2008, often finding himself in and out of the team, competing with Wayne Rooney, Ruud van Nistelrooy and later Carlos Tevez, believes that Falcao can turn things around.
“I have sympathy for Falcao – I know how hard it is to be a striker,” he said. “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.”
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