Manchester United Reportedly Send Chief Scout to Watch Radamel Falcao

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 15, 2013

Even with one of the top offenses in the world, Manchester United is looking to upgrade.

According to Graeme Yorke of the Daily Mail, the club sent their chief scout to watch Atletico Madrid star Radamel Falcao as he scored two goals against Granada on Sunday:

Sportsmail revealed last week that [Alex] Ferguson is considering a £47million deal - that could involve Javier Hernandez as part of a swap - to land the Colombia striker.

Ferguson sent his chief scout Jim Lawlor to watch Falcao strike a brace in their 5-0 thumping at home to Granada.

While manager Alex Ferguson has denied previous reports, recent evidence is starting to mount that the team is actually in pursuit of the talented striker. Particularly juicy is the rumor that Hernandez—valued at £20 million by United—will be offered in a swap along with £27 million cash, reports Yorke.

If this ends up being the case, Manchester United will be extremely tough to defeat next season.

The club already boast two of the top forwards in the world between Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie. The two have combined for 32 goals and 17 assists this season.

These stars have combined with skilled youngsters Shinji Kagawa, Danny Welbeck and Hernandez to create the top offense in the English Premier League. The club's 73 goals in 32 matches lead the league and have been key in developing a comfortable 15-point lead on top of the standings.

Rivals Manchester City and Chelsea have also been linked with Falcao (via Yorke), so a transfer of this magnitude could allow a top Premier League team to thwart some of their top competition. 

However, winning one EPL title is not enough for a powerhouse like United. The English club had a disappointing early exit in the Champions League when they lost to Real Madrid in the Round of 16.

This is where Falcao—member of the 2012 FIFA World XI—could help.

The Colombian star is one of the best scorers in the world and would provide yet another challenge for opponents on the defensive end. This season, he has 24 goals in La Liga, which ranks third behind only Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Real Madrid and Barcelona are in the semifinals of the UCL because they have one of those elite players scoring when necessary. Manchester United have not won it all since they lost Ronaldo.

By adding Falcao, the club would once again have one of the best strikers in the world—someone who can help them compete on the same level as the aforementioned top European squads. Putting him next to van Persie would be almost unfair for opponents.

Adding help on the defensive side could help for the future, but this club will win a lot of matches by simply outscoring the opposition. If Manchester United wants to return to the top of the world, adding Falcao is the way to do it.