It seems like ages ago now but Radamael Falcao, now at Rayo Vallecano, was a real fan-favourite at Old Trafford over his season-long spell at the club between 2014 and 2015.
The Colombian forward was one of Louis van Gaal’s star recruits when the Dutchman replaced David Moyes but he failed to match expectations, scoring just four goals.
United decided to not exercise their option to sign Falcao permanently from Monaco but the affection never wained, something he has reiterated after playing against United at Old Trafford.
“Yes, they showed me that. I felt from the fans. I’m very grateful for that and I enjoyed. I think we played very well and I wish, for United, in the season all the best,” Falcao told the official Manchester United website.
Falcao almost capped his return to Old Trafford with a goal but his fierce strike from just outside the box clipped the crossbar. “Almost but okay, the ball was in the bar. After, we find the goal for the 1-1. For me, I’m very happy for the result,” he said.
When further pressed on whether his allegiance with United remains after all these years, Falcao admitted that he still keeps an eye out for the Reds.
“Yes, always. I follow the team, follow the matches. Hopefully, this season, Manchester is gonna do well.”
There are not many players who can say that their spell at Old Trafford has been accompanied by near-unanimous support by the club’s supporters – Falcao is one of them.
Unfortunately, it didn’t work out for him at United but that proved to be just a blip in his career after recovering from a serious knee injury. Not long after, he was scoring chips at the Etihad Stadium and sending Manchester City packing out of the Champions League.
At Vallecano, he has developed into a leading figure as well. The 36-year-old scored six goals last season as he helped the Madrid side to a 12th-placed finish.