Football fans all over the world must have been waiting eagerly to catch the thrills of the deadline day transfers. And often, desperation and a sudden urge to fill in the gaps lead the managers take a hasty decision that eventually goes in vain. Here we discuss whether the Red Devils, currently rejoicing on the unprecedented signing of Radamel Falcao, may find themselves in a bad mood about this at the end of the season.
Our sources have confirmed that Colombian star Falcao, rather unexpectedly after tweeting about a Real Madrid move (that was deleted four minutes later) the previous day, decided to join the Red Devils on a season-long loan. However, throughout the summer, he was linked to clubs like Arsenal, Real Madrid, Manchester City, but United was never on his list. Naturally, question arises on whether this is a frantic decision made by the Van Gaal and co out of their current situation.
The Manchester Reds lost their first game of Premier League 2014/15 against Swansea City. Afterwards, they could only draw level to mediocre Sunderland and newly promoted Burnley FC ending up on 14th position in current league table. In between, they have also lost their second round League Cup fixture against MK Dons, a Sky Bet league one side, by four goals. And in all these four competitive matches, United have found the net only on two occasions. After a brilliant preseason with six wins out of as many, Van Gaal’s men was expected to start the season in flying colors, which they have failed to achieve, pretty obviously.
The side, already boasting of forwards like Rooney, Van Persie and Welbeck, have also signed Mata last winter and acquired the services of Argentine winger Angel Di Maria of late. And a shaky defense that conceded 7 goals in the last four competitive matches showed that a central back and a defensive midfielder were needed badly. However, a panic-stricken management decided to go after another striker.
This signing immediately calls for everyone’s attention to the possibility that at least one among Rooney, Van Persie, Falcao, Mata and Di Maria have to be excluded from the first eleven. With the current formation 3-5-2, alongside two wingbacks and two central midfielders, only three attacking players are needed.
Di Maria, in his debut, had to play as a central midfielder in the absence of an injured Herrera and once he is fit, the Argentine should be given a more attacking role. On the other hand, Mata and Rooney, the latter named captain this season, have been in good form and already scored for United. Essentially, this means Van Persie has to make way for Falcao unless Louis Van Gaal decides to change his favorite formation, which is pretty unlikely at this far.
Last year, the Red Devils bagged Maroune Fellaini on the last day and in the end, this deal proved to be nothing but a failure. Only time can tell whether this year will see similar results for Manchester United. But, we can never rule out the possibility that this unanticipated move may lead to a disastrous season for a player of high calibre, be it Falcao, Van Persie or someone else.