Falcao exit could be the first of many at Man Utd

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Falcao failed to fire at Man Utd
Falcao failed to fire at Man Utd

Radamel Falcao is the first big name casualty of the summer at Manchester United - and the departing Colombian is unlikely to be the last to leave Old Trafford ahead of next season.

Falcao's arrival on loan from Monaco was hailed as a key moment in United's season last summer, but the striker has struggled to shine at Old Trafford and his time at the club ended on Sunday night.

The question must now be who follows Falcao out of the exit door at Old Trafford, with Robin van Persie, Jonny Evans and Angel di Maria all tipped to leave United this summer.

"We know now who has to go and which players we want to bring in, but that is a process, so you never know," confirmed United boss Louis van Gaal after his side's 0-0 draw at Hull on Sunday. 

"These things are dependable on different parties - the club, the player and Manchester United of course. It shall be a heavy holiday," he added with a smile.

As Van Gaal prepares to free up some space on the club's wage bill, speculation continues over fresh arrivals, with Bayern Munich Bastian Schweinsteiger and Borussia Dortmund's Ilkay Gundogan firmly on his radar.

Yet it may be that the recruitment of a lead striker will become one of several priorities for Van Gaal in the coming months, with the exit of Falcao and the uncertainty over Van Persie's future hastening the need to additional firepower.

Tottenham's Harry Kane would be a risky signing after just one season of success in the Premier League, while reports of a move for Bayern Munich's Thomas Muller seem ambitious as the German striker is viewed as one of the figureheads of the recently crowned German champions.

One certainty must be that even though the Premier League season has come to an end, Manchester United will continue to make back page headlines throughout this sporting summer.