Radamel Falcao: Manchester United striker gets the meme, vine and Twitter treatment after shocker against Preston

The Manchester United striker hasn't had the best of spells in front of goal

Jack de Menezes
Tuesday 17 February 2015 11:16
Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao
Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao

Things can’t get much worse for Radamel Falcao. He can’t seem to buy a goal at the moment, his future at Manchester United remains up in the air beyond the end of the season, and to make matters worse he was hauled off by manager Louis van Gaal during the FA Cup victory over Preston North End.

The decision to replace him with Ashley Young was certainly a surprise, but it appeared that Falcao himself was the most shocked at seeing his numbers go up on the fourth official’s board – once he eventually saw them.

A vine quickly emerged showing the 29-year-old striker squinting to see the number of the player departing, before realising that it was his own number 9. What caused even greater concern was that Falcao, once considered one of the most lethal finishers in the business, was taken off with United trailing 1-0 and replaced by Young - who has largely figured at left wing-back this season.

Radamel Falcao is replaced by Ashley Young
Falcao shakes hands with Van Gaal after his substitution

Falcao appeared frustrated with his own performance following the recent 1-1 draw with West Ham as he headed straight to the bench, but was quickly called back by Louis van Gaal, who perhaps had a positive word in his ear to try and lift his morale.

What won’t have lifted his morale is how quickly Twitter was taken over by Radamel Falcao jokes and memes, and even United fans got in on the act to vent their disappointment with his performances since securing a season-long loan in the summer from French side Monaco that is set to cost the club nearly £19m in fees and wages.

United do have the option of signing Falcao on a permanent deal at the end of the season, but as things stands you would suggest that any suggestion of activating the £43.5m clause in his contract would be immediately dismissed unless he improves his form considerably.

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