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United run the rule over Falcao again
Sir Alex Ferguson sent his chief scout to watch Radamel Falcao in action for Athletico Madrid last night as Manchester United continue to monitor the highly rated Colombia striker. Jim Lawlor was present at the Vicente Calderon to watch, Falcao, who scored twice in Athletico’s 5-0 victory over Granada. Ferguson had laughed off speculation linking United with a move for Falcao last week, but the Premier League leaders are understood to have an interest in the 27-year-old as well as Roberto Lewandowski, the Borussia Dortmund striker. Falcao, who has been strongly linked with Chelsea and Manchester City among others, took his tally for the season to 30 with his brace against Granada. A move for a new striker in the summer would heighten the uncertainty surrounding the future of Wayne Rooney at Old Trafford. United are open to selling the England striker if an acceptable offer is forthcoming. Javier Hernandez has also been touted as a potential makeweight in an move.
Of course, many of today’s papers are filled with reaction to Sunday’s 2-0 triumph over Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium. The Daily Mail also comments on the behaviour of the home fans after a minority were pictured taunting Reds supporters about the Munich Air Disaster - while columnist Jamie Redknapp praises Robin van Persie’s corner-taking abilities, saying “he arrows them in with such pace and accuracy.”
Elsewhere, John Cross of The Mirror lauds Michael Carrick’s fine season, claiming the England midfielder “has been so successful, so effective and so important for Manchester United that maybe some fans forget how good he is.”