Sunday 17 December 2017

Falcao: I'm confident I'll score more goals for United

Manchester United's Radamel Falcao
Manchester United's Radamel Falcao

Radamel Falcao says he will return to Manchester United with renewed confidence after moving another step closer to becoming Colombia's all-time record goalscorer.

The 29-year-old has struggled to make the impact many expected of him at Old Trafford after joining on a season-long loan from Monaco, and whether he has a long-term future at United has been the source of much speculation.

However, Falcao, who suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury that ruled him out of last summer's World Cup, proved he has not lost his goalscoring touch after following up his brace in Colombia's 6-0 friendly win over Bahrain last week with another goal in Monday's 3-1 triumph over Kuwait.

That lifted him on to 24 goals from 56 appearances, which leaves him one goal behind Arnoldo Iguaran in the all-time scoring charts.

He told Sport 360: "I think when I score it's always important and that gives me confidence. I said before I need minutes, I need to play games in a row and here in the national team I have had the opportunity. I gave my best and I scored and I now return to Manchester with more confidence."

Asked what his targets are for the remainder of the season, Falcao added: "We have the last eight games....I will give my best to have the chance to play as many minutes as possible. I have said before I need to play. I need minutes and I am confident about me, about my fitness. I am confident."

Falcao has scored just four times in 22 appearances for Louis van Gaal's side and United, who paid a reported £6million loan fee for the striker, must decide whether to take up a £43.5million option to make the deal permanent in the summer.

The former Atletico Madrid and Porto forward, who has been linked with a move to Juventus, was also asked if he expects to be with United next season.

He said: "I have faith about that and when the season finish I am going to sit and think about my future and what is the best for my career."

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