Van Persie: Falcao is 'the best', plays down fitness concerns

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Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has backed the arrival of Radamel Falcao and played down concerns over his own fitness.

Manchester United sealed the blockbuster addition of Radamel Falcao on transfer deadline day, signing the Colombian on a year long loan deal with an option to buy.

The striker adds to United's ranks with Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez moved on, the Mexican on loan.

Rumours surfaced on deadline day that manager Louis van Gaal had been forced into the move over concerns with the fitness of Robin van Persie, and the Dutchman has spoken out to reject the claims.

Van Persie, on international duty with Holland, told the press, as reported by Football Oranje: "I welcome his arrival, he makes us better. At a top club you should always go for the best, which also fits my philosophy."

The Dutchman left Arsenal for Manchester United in 2012 due to his desire to win trophies and be 'the best', which worked out well for one season, only for United to struggle ever since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.

Without a win after three games this season, Falcao's arrival along with Angel di Maria and Daley Blind gives the club fresh impetus to correct their slow start.

Van Persie was keen to stress that he will be a part of it, denying unsourced rumorus which circulated on Twitter that he required knee surgery.

"I do not know where it comes from and can say with my hand on my heart that I’m not in a hospital to have an operation."

The striker is no longer however an automatic first choice for United, and that competition for his place will help him avoid complacency, to show he is not ready to be 'replaced', and a re-focused Dutchman can only be good for the Red Devils.

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