New Manchester United number 9 Radamel Falcao has revealed that he feared his move to Old Trafford would unravel at the very last minute, as the loan deal to bring the Colombian to Old Trafford went right to the wire.
Having agreed a £6m loan fee with Monaco early on Monday, United were made to wait until 1.30am on Tuesday before announcing the signing of the Colombian, a full two and half hours after the transfer window had officially shut.
Falcao admitted the situation was a particularly stressful one and, like a large number of United fans who followed transfer deadline day unfolding on Sky Sports, he feared the move wouldn’t go through.
“No one has the idea of the stress I experienced at the time,” he said. “The transfer almost wasn’t achieved but thank God we had an additional hour and then it occurred.”
Falcao was in Manchester just for the medical as he had to fly back to Miami to meet up with the rest of the Colombia squad, but the 28-year-old said he was impressed with what he’s seen of United so far.
“The first impressions that I took made a great impact on me,” said Falcao. “Manchester United is a great institution that lacks nothing and I’m happy to have taken this step.”
The former Atletico Madrid striker missed the World Cup because of a cruciate ligament injury but has now returned to full fitness and made his first appearance for his national team since his injury as Colombia lost 1-0 to Brazil.
“I’m very happy and excited to return to the team,” said the 28-year-old. “The hard times have made me grow as a human being and today
“I appreciate very much my life in football. I am very confident, I have scored goals again [for Monaco], and now I just want to play.”
The Colombian could make his United debut against QPR next week.