Falcao Flop for the ‘Red Devils’?
Preston – The season is not yet completely finished, but already it appropriate for us to pin a label flop for Radamel Falcao? In the newest game, Colombian striker was barely positive contribution at all.
Initially, Falcao is estimated to need long-related adaptation of English football playing style. Plus, he had a long absence with a knee injury that also kept him out of the World Cup in 2014. However, the 19 games he played, only four goals that he produces.
Note the somewhat sad when considering Falcao reputation as a top-notch European robber. To the point, he’s got a pretty wild nickname: El Tigre. During strengthen FC Porto, Atletico Madrid, and Monaco, Falcao successfully recorded 104 goals in the league.
For the minimal number of goals, Louis van Gaal could provide a defense. After United’s 3-1 win over Burnley in the Premier League, Van Gaal said that Falcao contribution should not be assessed only on goal.
In the match against Burnley, Falcao did not score, but still leaves a positive contribution: an assist. A header in front of goal Burnley followed by Chris Smalling into goals.
“There are many aspects that can be assessed from a striker in addition to goals. For example, in the game against Burnley, header directed to Chris Smalling comes from Falcao,” said Van Gaal.
At the same time, Van Gaal also provide little implication that he still believed the assailant. There is a possibility if Falcao still be with United next season with a contract made permanent.
However, the game against Preston North-End in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Tuesday (17/2) pm dawn, Falcao returns will vote to nadir. He played for 60 minutes without giving goals, assists, attempts, or attempts on target at all.
Falcao, who paired with Wayne Rooney in attack, considered too slow and often less physical contact with an opposing player. He was eventually replaced by Ashley Young in the 60th minute.
Entry of Young called the Telegraph as a turning point United. Their pressure began to make an impact. The result, in the 65th minute, the ‘Red Devils’ success a 1-1 equalizer goal by Ander Herrera.
Falcao pulled automatically make Marouane Fellaini forward to the front lines. The tall Belgian midfielder was answered well. In the 72nd minute, Fellaini welcome Antonio Valencia’s cross with a header. His first attempt was unsuccessful because blocked by goalkeeper Preston, Thorsten Stuckmann, but immediately grabbed the loose ball with right leg kick.
Statistically, the performance is even more harmful than Fellaini Falcao. In a note ESPNFC, Fellaini incised 5 attempts with 3 of them on the status of the target. So Fellaini United player with most attempts record.
With the remaining three and a half months to the end of the season, should awaited the fate Falcao at Old Trafford.