Cristiano Ronaldo has heaped praise on former club Manchester United after the Red Devils were able to clinch a season-long loan of Monaco striker Radamel Falcao.
He is very good player. I think Manchester did very well. I don’t think he is the wrong type of player. He is a top player so I don’t think it is a wrong buy. I think he will be a fantastic buy. Manchester have not started well, two points, so they need quality players and Falcao is a quality player.
Carlo Ancelotti's side was among those being linked with the Colombian striker, a list which included Arsenal and Manchester City, but Louis van Gaal ultimately beat any competition to the Colombian's signing.
Ronaldo was quoted by ESPN FC's Dermot Corrigan on deadline day as giving his assessment on Real's transfer direction, and he was seemingly not at ease with the decisions being made:
Ronaldo today on Madrid's summer business: "I dont want to say what I think, but if I was in charge, maybe I would do things differently."— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) September 1, 2014
Ronaldo: "If [Florentino] thinks best thing team is sign these players & let go those who left then we must respect & support decision"— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) September 1, 2014
Ronaldo: "I cannot always say what I think because tomorrow I will be on the front of the papers and I do not want that." D'oh...— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) September 1, 2014
There's a chance the Portuguese player was hinting Los Blancos should have made a more concerted effort to add Falcao to their ranks, considering Monaco seemed so resigned to the player's departure, temporary or otherwise.
The Daily Mail's Martin Samuel wasn't left quite as impressed by Falcao's big-money switch for the rest of the 2014-15 campaign, insisting United are doing little more than throwing money at their current woes:
MARTIN SAMUEL: Radamel Falcao and Angel di Maria transfers show Manchester United are panic buying with silly money http://t.co/1LOCQS6KLk— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) September 2, 2014
Van Gaal's side are yet to win a game this term after losing to Swansea City on the Premier League's opening day, before drawing with Sunderland and Burnley.
Falcao's arrival will look to change those fortunes. United's forward options now boast Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Falcao, after their books were lightened by Danny Welbeck's £16 million move to Arsenal and Javier Hernandez's loan switch to the Bernabeu, both announced on the club website.
WhoScored.com compared Falcao to the outgoing duo, showing that the Colombian is a far superior scoring asset to those whose absence he is looking to fill:
Falcao: Since August 2011, Falcao has scored 20 more league goals (63) than Danny Welbeck (19) and Javier Hernández (24) combined #mufc— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) September 2, 2014
Ronaldo is certainly of the impression Falcao can be a success in the Premier League, but having only recently returned from a serious knee injury, the question remains as to whether he'll succeed in England's top flight.
There, he'll partner Van Persie and Rooney in a dangerous-looking attack, and Squawka broke down what he offers alongside his new team-mates:
After winning the Champions League last season, Ronaldo can't be overly upset with the options at hand in the Spanish capital, and he will look to renew his relationship with Karim Benzema, who signed a five-year extension this summer.
That being said, Alvaro Morata's move to Juventus leaves Ancelotti somewhat light in striking options, and only time will tell whether Los Blancos come to regret their decision not to stump up for Falcao's services.