Manchester United may lack Champions League football this season, as well as being bereft of any genuine hope of winning the Premier League, but they do sport one of the deadliest marksmen in the global game.
The Red Devils caused the bulk of the deadline day furore with the loan signing of Colombian striker Radamel Falcao from Monaco.
A fee believed to be in the region of £6m was paid for the former Atletico Madrid man, with Louis van Gaal’s side also compelled to put up the entirety of his obscenely chunky salary.
But the goals he’s almost guaranteed to bring will render this rental price a very fair one come the end of the season, especially if Man Utd achieve the top-four finish they’re currently 11/10 to land.
Ahead of his first crack at the English top-flight, the bookies in black and gold at bwin.com have set his goal line at the relatively low 14.5 mark, offering a price of 17/20 that he either surpasses or falls short of it.
Few forwards in the global game have been as lethal as the 28-year-old in the recent past, meaning punters must err on the side of overs in this market.
Every full European campaign Falcao’s competed in he’s scored enough to finish the season north of this line, notching 25 and 16 in terms one and two with perennial Portuguese kings Porto, the latter total requiring just 22 games to achieve.
A move to Atletico followed these two stellar seasons and the step up in standard didn’t prevent him from rustling the net en masse.
His two La Liga hauls stand at 24 and 28 respectively, while he managed nine in 17 at Monaco last time around before a cruciate ligament injury curtailed his involvement for the Ligue 1 outfit.
Across these five years, plus three outings this term, Falcao made 139 league appearances in total, scoring an outrageous 104 goals.
Should he continue in the same vein, a tally of 15 goals or more is easily attainable, so get on the overs while it’s hot.