Radamel Falcao has admitted to suffering from severe nerves ahead of his Manchester United debut, with the Colombian striker worried about the potential for a recurrence of the injury that ruled him out of this summer’s World Cup, as reported by the Evening Standard.
He did, however, say that he feels as though he will be fine, having been able to play comfortably since returning to action, first for AS Monaco and secondly for his nation in the international break. He was substituted on for World Cup star James Rodriguez in the 77th minute of Colombia’s game with Brazil on Saturday.
Falcao tore his anterior cruciate ligament in January, which ended his chances of appearing at the World Cup, and has led him to feel some nerves whenever he steps out onto the football pitch again.
He said: “Because of the injury I felt so nervous.
“Almost like it was my first time with the national team. And I expect it will be the same before I play my first game for Manchester United.
“I’m so happy to be back, and I am also happy about being able to join United. “Physically I feel spectacular. I have been able to play without any kind of trouble.
The Colombian striker moved to Old Trafford on loan on deadline day, with the Manchester club expected to pay the entirety of his £346k-a-week wages as part of the agreement.