Wayne Rooney has spoken of his delight at Manchester United's capture of Radamel Falcao on transfer deadline day.
The Colombian striker will be seen as a threat to Rooney's place by many, including Eurosport blogger and former United star Paul Parker, but Rooney insists the move shows United mean business as they look to recover from a disastrous 2013-14 season and poor start to this campaign.
"It's a fantastic signing," said Rooney as he held his first press conference as permanent England captain. "He is one of the best strikers in the world so it’s a real statement of intent from the club.”
The prolific Colombian striker, one of the stars of the world game, joined United in a shock season-long deal from Monaco on deadline day. His arrival capped an extraordinary summer for United as they brought in the vastly experienced Louis van Gaal as manager and spent more than £150 million 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 £6m loan could be made permanent next summer, told MUTV: "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."