English Premiership

Falcao: United gambled on me

2014-10-08 13:23
Radamel Falcao (Supplied)
Radamel Falcao (Supplied)
Cape Town - Colombian striker Radamel Falcao believes Manchester United took a gamble by signing him on loan from Monaco in the off-season.

The 28-year-old missed the 2014 World Cup with the knee injury he sustained at the start of the year, and recovered in time to take part in several pre-season fixtures.

He made three appearances in Ligue 1 and scored two goals before sealing a switch to Old Trafford on a season-long loan on 1 September.

And Falcao has expressed his gratitude to the club for taking a chance on him, despite his recent injury problems.

"Manchester United were the ones that gambled on me when it was very difficult to do so," he said.

"It has been a very difficult year, not just in my professional career. 

"What happened at the start of the year [serious knee injury] affected me in every way, but it has also helped me grow as a human being, to think about many things, to mature."

Looking ahead to the future, Falcao added: "In terms of my thoughts and plans for the future, I want to stay at Manchester United for the coming years.

"I'm still going to need some time to be ok, but I am feeling very comfortable and very good on the pitch, in harmony with myself, with the ball and with football."

Falcao opened his Red Devils account in Sunday's 2-1 victory over Everton, which was his fourth appearance under manager Louis van Gaal.

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