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Falcao wants permanent move to United

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MANCHESTER, England (AP) Just one practice session in the company of Radamel Falcao has convinced Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal that the Colombia striker is the player to turn around the team's flagging fortunes.

"I don't have doubts because he is for me one of the best strikers in the world," Van Gaal said on Thursday. "Today in training he got one ball and it was in the goal. He confirmed it in his first training session with me."

A glance at Falcao's scoring record since moving to Europe from River Plate in 2009 also suggests United's reported outlay of $25 million in salary and fee for his season-long loan from Monaco is a financial gamble worth taking.

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