Robin van Persie has warned Falcao he has to “fight for his place” at Manchester United, and the Dutchman says he is ready for the battle for his own spot.
Falcao arrived at United on transfer deadline day in a loan move from Monaco and is now expected to compete with Van Persie and Wayne Rooney for two spots in Louis van Gaal’s attack.
There have been fears that Van Persie will have to undergo surgery in a bid to cure his knee problems - but the Dutchman sounded fit, ready and indeed eager to fight Falcao for a place in the starting XI.
Van Persie says he welcomes the competition and that Falcao cannot expect to walk straight into the team.
"I am happy with the arrival of Falcao," the Dutchman told Fox Sports. "He makes us a better team. You always have to aim for the best at a big club. That's my philosophy as well. Falcao has to fight for his place, just like me. The two of us and Wayne Rooney and James Wilson will have to fight it out."
Rooney echoed Van Persie's sentiments as he labelled the Falcao deal "a fantastic signing", saying that the Colombian, "is one of the best strikers in the world so it’s a real statement of intent from the club.”