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Falcao plans to bring Colombia form back to Man United

ESPN staff
March 31, 2015
Radamel Falcao, who scored three goals in two games for Colombia, plays down Juventus transfer talk

Colombia striker Radamel Falcao said he will return to Manchester United with more confidence after rediscovering his touch in front of goal during the international break.

Falcao scored a penalty in Monday's 3-1 victory over Kuwait, adding to his two goals in last week's 6-0 win over Bahrain.

The striker, who is at United on a season-long loan from Monaco, has scored only four goals in 19 games in the Premier League and has been linked with a move to Juventus this summer, but he hopes his confidence-boosting displays for his country will help him to prove his worth during the coming weeks.

Asked if he expected to remain at United beyond the end of the season, he told Sport 360: "I have faith about that and when the season finish I am going to sit and think about my future and what is the best for my career.

"I think when I score it's always important and that gives me confidence. I said before I need minutes, I need to play games in a row and here in the national team I have had the opportunity. I gave my best and I scored and I now return to Manchester with more confidence."

Asked about his targets for the remainder of the season, he said: "We have the last eight games -- I will give my best to have the chance to play as many minutes as possible. I have said before I need to play. I need minutes and I am confident about me, about my fitness. I am confident."

He added on Caracol Radio: "The important thing for me is to play, to get 160 minutes on the pitch. Then to score, for me as a forward, brings confidence. It's been positive to meet up again after so much time, and get some fresh ideas. There were situations we will surely face in other games to come. It was a good learning experience."

Falcao missed the 2014 World Cup after suffering an ACL tear in January last year but said he is hopeful he will be able to take part in this summer's Copa America.

Asked if it would be difficult for him to go having not played much at club level, he said: "The Copa America is very important tournament for me, even more after missing the World Cup. [My physical condition] also depends on the preparation done at the club. I know I must work extra hours to make up for the lack of minutes I am getting."

Colombia boss Jose Pekerman, speaking before the victory over Kuwait, backed the 29-year-old, saying: "He feels at home. Physically he looks good and there is no reason he cannot display his best form."

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