Radamel Falcao, Danny Welbeck and Toby Alderweireld are among the players in line to make their debuts as the Premier League resumes this weekend following the international break. Falcao’s move to Manchester United on a season-long loan from Monaco was the headline story when the transfer window closed on September 1.
The 28-year-old Colombia striker, who reportedly cost United a £6 million ($9.7 million) loan fee, is expected to don the red shirt for the first time on Sunday when Queens Park Rangers visit Old Trafford. Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo and Luke Shaw, who has recovered from a hamstring injury, could also make their debuts for Louis van Gaal’s side, while record signing Angel di Maria is due to make his first home appearance. United are without a win after three games of the campaign, but Falcao is confident that he and his fellow new arrivals can help restore the club to former glories. “This is a new process, a new team,” he said during his official presentation to the media on Thursday.
Falcao’s arrival at United saw Danny Welbeck forced out and the England forward is set to make his debut for Arsenal on Saturday when champions Manchester City visit the Emirates Stadium.
The £16 million striker scored twice as England won 2-0 against Switzerland in their opening Euro 2016 qualifier on Monday and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes he can make Welbeck even more effective.
Last season’s runners-up Liverpool signed off for the international break with an impressive 3-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur, but they will be without Daniel Sturridge for Saturday’s visit of Aston Villa.
The 25-year-old striker has been ruled out for up to three weeks after sustaining a thigh strain on England duty, meaning Mario Balotelli will be under even greater scrutiny as he makes his home debut.