London - Colombian striker Radamel Falcao has said that he had fulfilled "a dream" after completing a loan move to Manchester United from Monaco in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
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"For me, it was a dream to play in
the Premier League," he told MUTV. "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."
28-year-old centre-forward flew in to Manchester to undergo a medical
examination late on Monday, with United confirming the deal had gone
through some two-and-a-half hours after the transfer deadline had
United are thought to have paid Monaco around 10 million
euros ($13.1 million) to secure Falcao's services for the season, with
an option to make the deal permanent for another 55 million euros.
"It was a very long day," added Falcao, who will wear the number nine shirt at Old Trafford.
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
After finishing seventh in the Premier League last
season, United have made an uncertain start to life under new manager
Louis van Gaal.
They are without a win in three league games and
were eliminated from the League Cup in the second round after a
chastening 4-0 loss to third-tier Milton Keynes Dons.
arrival took United's spending in the transfer window to around 150
million ($248 million, 189 million euros) and he has backed the 20-time
champions to bounce back when the season resumes after the international
"We have very top players," he said. "I admire them. I
want to meet them for the first time. I am sure that this season will be
great for us."
While Falcao, Angel di
Maria, Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind arriving
during the close season, United allowed several players to leave the
Javier Hernandez was loaned to Real Madrid on Monday, while
Manchester-born striker Danny Welbeck joined domestic rivals Arsenal on a
long-term deal worth around 16 million.
As well as Welbeck,
youngsters Nick Powell, Tom Lawrence and Michael Keane were also allowed
to leave -- either on loan or on permanent deals -- while Tom Cleverley
was given permission to speak to other clubs.
assistant manager Mike Phelan was critical of the decision to sell
23-year-old England striker Welbeck and accused the club of allowing
their identity to be "broken".
"Danny Welbeck has been part of United's identity and that has been broken," Phelan told BBC Sport.
"What will happen in the future now, nobody knows, but that thread has been broken now."
had a tradition of blooding youngsters under former manager Alex
Ferguson and although Tyler Blackett and Jesse Lingaard have both played
for the first team this season, Phelan fears a change of philosophy.
is always the start of something and maybe this is the start of a new
way of doing things at Manchester United and maybe that is the way
football is going," said the former defender, who worked alongside
Ferguson from 2008 to 2013.
Phelan's comments were echoed by ex-United midfielder David Beckham, himself a former youth-team player at the club.
"He (Welbeck) has been there since he was eight. His heart was in Manchester," the former England captain said.
am sure he is obviously sad to leave Manchester United. Arsenal have a
very good, young, talented English player, but to see him leave
Manchester United, as a Manchester United fan, is obviously sad."
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