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Wednesday 15 August 2018

falcao deal excites rooney

United captain claims signing of Colombian a 'real sign of intent'

Wayne Rooney is excited by the signing of Radamel Falcao, with the Manchester United captain calling it a major signal of intent.

United shocked the football world on deadline day by completing the signing of the much-vaunted Colombian on a season-long loan deal.

Louis van Gaal's side have the option to make Falcao's move from Monaco permanent, with the addition giving the United boss a mouth-watering array of attacking talent to choose from.

It raises questions as to how United will utilise the striker - a subject Rooney was not keen to talk about, preferring to focus on the impact the signing will have at Old Trafford.

"I obviously don't know how it could affect my role, that is something you'd have to ask Louis van Gaal," the England stiker said

"But I think is a fantastic signing, he is one of the best players in the world.

"It is a real sign of intent from Manchester United and an exciting signing for us."

Meanwhile, Falcao is excited to be working with Van Gaal (below) after completing his move to United.

His arrival capped an extraordinary summer for United in which they brought in the vastly experienced Van Gaal as manager and spent more than £150million on players.

Falcao, who was heavily linked with Real Madrid last week, is now looking forward to immersing himself in Dutch boss Van Gaal's philosophy.

The 28-year-old, whose £6million loan could be made permanent next summer, said: "I am very excited for that. Van Gaal is a very good trainer with a lot of experience. "I want to do the best for the team, for him and for the supporters."

Falcao will join British record signing Angel di Maria, Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Juan Mata in a formidable attacking unit.

Former United defender Rio Ferdinand, who left Old Trafford in the summer, is impressed by the recruitment.

Ferdinand, now at QPR, tweeted: "@ManUtd have gone huge! Falcao & di maria & the early signings...i hope they all fit in & gel. Need carrick fit too. The Firepower is nuts."

As Falcao arrived, United allowed homegrown striker Danny Welbeck to move to Arsenal for a fee thought to be around £16million.

Former United defender and assistant manager Mike Phelan believes that is a shame and signifies a major strategy change at the club.

Phelan said: "They have probably lost the way of Manchester United a little bit.

"Now, rather than produce, it may be the case where they are buying in.

"Someone like a Danny Welbeck has been part of United's identity and that has been broken."

Rooney, meanwhile, believes he can make a significant contribution to England as its captain. "I think I'm always very demanding, demanding of myself in the way I play and what I expect of myself," he said.

"When playing for your country that's what every player has to give and I know the players will do that.

"I've obviously worked under some fantastic captains in the past and watching them and how they have adapted to the role I will try to take the qualities that they have had and add my own ingredients and hopefully I can be a successful captain."

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