Radamel Falcao has had a rocky start to life in Manchester, but given time, he will become the man that many expected him to be back in August.
Expectations were high on the Colombia striker when he arrived at Old Trafford on Transfer Deadline Day for £6 million on a season-long loan deal and has only managed four goals in 16 league games.
United have not been their usual fluent best this season with the playing staff appearing nervous and trapped under a rigid system by manager Louis van Gaal – a coach famous for his abrasive nature but decorative trophy haul.
Falcao is no exception to this, with the aforementioned poor goal return. but there is enough reason behind that.
A serious knee injury was suffered on January 23 2014, which ruled him out of the rest of the season and the World Cup in the summer – his return was confirmed in mid July – six months out in total.
Goals soon came in pre-season, and at the beginning of Monaco’s Ligue 1 season (two in three matches, one of which a penalty), but they have dried up since his arrival in England.
Although he looked fit and firing in France, coming into one of, if not the, most physical league in the world cannot be easy for someone who has faced that long on the side lines.
The class of the Colombian has came in glimpses, his first for the Red Devils was a crucial winner in the 2-1 win over Everton, as well as goals in 1-1 draws against Aston Villa and Stoke City.
If he can finally lose the shackles of a serious injury, adjust to the Premier League, and break free of Van Gaal’s regimented tactics – we could see the rebirth of one of the finest goal scorers in the modern game.