Manchester United legend Gordon Hill believes his old club have played it smart with acquiring Radamel Falcao on a loan move from Monaco.
Falcao established himself as one the premier strikers in the world with his form at Atletico Madrid and earned a blockbuster move to big money Monaco last year. However, a serious knee injury at the start of the year ruled him out of the World Cup. He did return to first team action for Monaco for the 2014/15 season – scoring twice in three games – but Hill, who suffered a serious knee injury of his own just after leaving Old Trafford, is relieved that United have opted to go for a loan with a view to buying after what happened with Owen Hargreaves.
“There is no doubting Falcao’s talent. He will add to what we have,” Hill exclusively told TalkOfTheDevils.com. “My biggest concern is the badly damaged knee that kept him out of the World Cup… I know times have changed but how will it stand up to the Premier League’s tough programme? Of course we want it to work out and let’s hope it does. It’s a safe move from United, and a good move, to get him on loan to try it out first.”
There was a lot of activity in the last few weeks of the transfer window as United returned from their pre-season tour and, with the new signings taking their time to bed in as proven by the shock result at Leicester, Hill voiced his concern at the apparent impulsive way the club have behaved.
“It seems like we were buying whoever or whatever was coming along, and getting rid of whoever we could get money for. For a club of United’s stature you’d hope to see something more methodically planned,” admits Hill, who did reserve praise for United’s other deadline day signing. “Daley Blind is someone we desperately need to help us shore up the defensive side of our game. He could be a really good signing. A lot of money has been spent, now let us see it working on the field.”