Barclays Premiership: Radamel Falcao: Is he the answer?

Manchester United are yet to get their first official victory this season under Louis van Gaal. Two draws and a loss in three league matches, coupled with a 0-4 drubbing at the hands of League One side Milton Keynes Dons in the League Cup served as an indication that the former giant is slowly but inexorably heading down the path taken by Leeds United, Coventry City and Portsmouth.

New ManUnited striker - Falcao
New ManUnited striker – Falcao

However, The Red Devils have a strong financial muscle to fall back on, hence the recent completion of a stunning deadline-day deal for Colombian striker Radamel Falcao, even after moneybags neighbours City were put off by the staggering cost.

The striker, on the books of French side Monaco, arrived on a private jet to tie up a season-long loan to Old Trafford for a fee of £6million. The former English champions will still have an option to buy him next summer for a further £46m.

“I am delighted to be joining Manchester United on loan this season. It is the biggest club in the world and is clearly determined to get back to the top. I am looking forward to working with Louis van Gaal and contributing to the team’s success at this exciting period,” Falcao told the club’s official website.

“I am delighted Radamel has joined us on loan this season. He is one of the most prolific goal scorers in the game. His appearance-to-goal ratio speaks for itself and, when a player of this calibre becomes available, it is an opportunity not to be missed,” said van Gaal.

With both manager and striker “delighted” it remains to be seen if they will invite the club’s management and supporters to also share that “delight”.

With other title campaigners like Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea scoring for fun, United fans want to know if Falcao will be the answer to a blunt strike force that already has Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney.

Meanwhile, just days before United landed Falcao, rivals Liverpool found their replacement for the departed Luis Suarez. Mario Balotelli is a perfect fit – in skill, shooting prowess and drama.

The Super Reds responded to their new striker’s on-pitch arrival with a stunning 3-0 win away at bogey side Tottenham Hotspurs. That cancelled last week’s loss to City and pulled Brendan Rogers’ side level with Manuel Pellegrini’s defending champions on 6 points.

City lost 0-1 at home to Stoke City, as Chelsea thrashed Everton 6-3 away to keep a hundred percent record and remain on top – tied with Swansea and followed by Aston Villa on seven points.

Other English transfer deadline news:

– Arsenal sign Danny Welbeck for a fee of £16million

– Hatem Ben Arfa completes Hull City move and Gaston Ramirez joins him on loan

– A Tom Cleverley transfer from Manchester United to Everton or Aston Villa fell through after moves broke down

– Southampton completed the loan deal of Toby Alderweireld and the £12m transfer of Sadio

– Alvaro Negredo joined Valencia on loan from Manchester City

– Daley Blind completed a £14million transfer to Manchester United

– Mohamed Diame signed for Hull City in £3.5m transfer from West Ham

– Abel Hernandez completed £8.5million move to Hull City

– Fabio Borini talks broke down with QPR over wage demands

– Sunderland signed Liverpool's Sebastian Coates on loan

– Javier Hernandez completed a move to Real Madrid

– Arturo Vidal's set to stay at Juventus after Manchester United failed with a £30m bid

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