–Colombia striker says Manchester United will be great again
Radamel Falcao is convinced United can return to greatness after the Colombian completed his shock deadline day move.
Louis van Gaal swooped for the Monaco striker on a one-year loan deal on Monday as the Dutchman attempts to turn around the Reds’ disappointing start to the season.
Alongside Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, Falcao will be a third world-class striking option for his attack.
And the 28-year-old – who didn’t complete his transfer until the early hours of Tuesday morning following a dramatic deadline day – believes he can help revive United’s fortunes as van Gaal bids to return them to the summit of English football.
“Van Gaal is a very good trainer with a lot of experience,” said Falcao, who will wear No.9 for United. “I want to do the best for the team, for him and for the supporters.
“For me, it was a dream to play in the Premier League.
“I always wanted to be here because this league is very good. It has very good teams and Manchester United is the best team in England.
“Everything is perfect for me. We have very top players. I admire them.
“I want to meet them for the first time. I am sure that this season will be great for us.”
In Falcao United have secured one of the deadliest finishers in Europe.
A strike rate of 155 goals in 200 games for Porto, Atletico and Monaco is evidence of his rare talent.
He commanded combined fees of £87m when moving to Atletico and Monaco, but as the transfer window drew to a close a host of Europe’s top clubs were invited to bid for him.
Despite being linked with Real Madrid, City, Arsenal and Liverpool this summer, it was United who bit – believing a fee of around £5m was too good an opportunity to pass up.
And with executive vice chairman Ed Woodward determined to make a statement in the transfer market, Falcao was an ideal choice to emphasise United’s continuing pulling power – even without the carrot of Champions League football.
Falcao revealed he had longed for a move to Old Trafford for some time before the transfer accelerated on Monday.
“I am very happy to be part of this big club,” he added. I’ve waited for this moment during a lot of the year.”
United’s alarming start to the season underlined the need to make world-class additions before the close of the transfer window.
The deal for Falcao takes their spending to over £150m this summer after breaking the British transfer record to sign Angel Di Maria in a £59.7m deal.
Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind have also joined van Gaal’s revolution.
If there is a concern about Falcao it is the cruciate ligament injury that ruled him out of Colombia’s World Cup campaign.
But there has been little evidence of lingering problems with his knee after scoring twice in his first three games of the season for Monaco.
As negotiations rumbled on, United were forced to deny rumours that Falcao had failed a medical. Rather, after extensive checks at their Aon training complex they were satisfied with his fitness – prompting them to give the go ahead for Danny Welbeck to complete a move to Arsenal.
For Falcao it was a relief to finally get the deal over line after United had to apply for an extension to complete the necessary paper work.
“It was a very long day,” he said. “It was hard, difficult. We were waiting until the last minute, but I didn’t lose my faith. Now I want to say thank you to God for this. I’m very happy.”