March 31, 2015 14:12:27 UK
Loan striker Radamel Falcao says he will return to Manchester United with enhanced confidence after finding the net three times in two games for Colombia.
The 29-year-old Monaco frontman has struggled to make his mark at Old Trafford so far this season, scoring just four times in 22 appearances in all competitions.
I gave my best and I scored and I now return to Manchester with more confidence.
However, the former FC Porto and Atletico Madrid forward impressed for his country in the last few days, netting twice in a 6-0 win over Bahrain, before adding another in a 3-1 victory over Kuwait.
And that return, which took him to 24 international goals and one short of the all-time Colombia record of Arnoldo Iguaran, has left Falcao feeling more confident for the closing weeks of the season, with his future in the Premier League in some doubt.
He told Sport 360: “I think that 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.
“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.”
Next up for United, who are well-placed to claim a top-four finish and make a return to the Champions League, is a visit from relegation-threatened Aston Villa on Saturday, with the Midlanders having conceded 14 goals in their last four trips to Old Trafford.
United can be backed at 1.30 to take all three points on Saturday and are 6.00 to win by a 2-0 scoreline, with Falcao 2.30 to score at any time.
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