Radamel Falcao Manchester United
Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao has not been able to impress at Manchester United so farReuters

Colombian striker Radamel Falcao is keen on securing a permanent move to Manchester United, despite him failing to establish himself as a regular starter at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils, who brought in 28-year-old striker on loan from AS Monaco, have an option to make the deal permanent for a transfer fee of £43.5 million after the end of this season.

But it is unlikely that they will take up this option as the Colombian has failed to impress at Manchester United so far, starting only three games this season due to regular injures.

Although Falcao is currently fit, he seems to have fallen down the pecking order, with manager Louis van Gaal opting to start with Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and teenager James Wilson instead of the Colombian.

Still the former Atletico Madrid striker says that he wants to continue on at Old Trafford.

"Obviously I have to analyse the situation, see if I play more and see what decision the board takes," Falcao told ESPN. "But from my point of view, I really want to stay. I am very happy in this city, in this club and I am enjoying it here."

Despite admitting that he does not like being left on the bench, Falcao, who has also been the first choice striker at his previous clubs, feels that he just needs to be patient and wait till he gets the opportunity to play.

"Every footballer wants to play," Falcao said. "No one is happy when they are not playing, when they are on the bench, but whenever I am given the opportunity, whether it be for five, 10, 20 or 90 minutes, I have to give my best.

"I feel ready for the moment that the team needs me. Whenever I have the opportunity to come on I try to do my best for the coach and I try to help the team," added the Colombian, who has netted a total of 155 goals in 200 matches for former clubs Porto, Atletico Madrid and Monaco.

Despite him facing some tough fight for a place in the starting eleven from the likes of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, Falcao insists that he is relishing the competition.

"We have a group of strikers who are very good and that's good for everyone," Falcao added. "That means there is always a level of competition between us, healthy competition, and obviously I am very happy with how the team is doing."