F United’s unlucky defeat at Chelsea proved the Reds can be genuine title challengers again next season, it also demonstrated why Louis van Gaal is going to have to totally revamp his strikeforce to ensure that’s a defifinite.
Jose Mourinho has carved out his bid for the crown on the back of Diego Costa’s 19 Premier League goals.
They face limping to the line because the Brazilian is out with a hamstring injury.
It has left them with a one- time goal powerhouse Didier Drogba shouldering the responsibility in the run- in.
Were it not for the back up of 13- goal match- winner Eden Hazard, they could easily be looking at a fatal late collapse.
Circumstances have left the Reds damagingly short up front this season and they cannot afford to launch their title renaissance in August without bolstering their attack in the summer transfer market.
The last time United were at Stamford Bridge in January 2014 David Moyes’ attack in the 3- 1 defeat was led by Danny Welbeck. Javier Hernandez came on as a sub to score United’s consolation goal. Both were deemed not good enough by Van Gaal.
But when United next go back toWest London it is unlikely they will have Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie on the team coach and they can hardly put all the eggs in the Wayne Rooney basket either.
Had Falcao been a success like Costa has been for Chelsea, then Van Gaal could be looking at another debut season with a league title to add to his impressive CV.
But Falcao has sadly been a failure loved for a back catalogue rather than present glories.
Back in 2012 the Colombian destroyed Champions League holders Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup in Monaco when his first half hat- trick for Atletico Madrid won the Spaniard’s the trophy.
It was a remarkable feat and one he could have come close to repeating on Saturday.
Instead the 29- yearold was a powder- puffffff strike leader. John Terry’s arm in his back may have been a foul at the root of Chelsea’s winner but there has been enough evidence to show Falcao is not suited for the physicality of England.
Robin van Persie is proven in the Premier League. Two Golden Boots are the evidence and though he might not have been match fifit to start at Chelsea why wasn’t he brought on as a late replacement for Falcao?
He scored the 93rd- minute injury time winner against Mourinho’s side at Old Trafffffford in October.