Cape Town - Colombian striker Radamel Falcao believes Manchester United took a gamble by signing him on loan from Monaco in the off-season.
The 28-year-old missed the 2014 World Cup with the knee injury he sustained at the start of the year, and recovered in time to take part in several pre-season fixtures.
He made three appearances in Ligue 1 and scored two goals before sealing a switch to Old Trafford on a season-long loan on 1 September.
And Falcao has expressed his gratitude to the club for taking a chance on him, despite his recent injury problems.
"Manchester United were the ones that gambled on me when it was very difficult to do so," he said.
"It has been a very difficult year, not just in my professional career.
"What happened at the start of the year [serious knee injury] affected me in every way, but it has also helped me grow as a human being, to think about many things, to mature."
Looking ahead to the future, Falcao added: "In terms of my thoughts and plans for the future, I want to stay at Manchester United for the coming years.
"I'm still going to need some time to be ok, but I am feeling very comfortable and very good on the pitch, in harmony with myself, with the ball and with football."
Falcao opened his Red Devils account in Sunday's 2-1 victory over Everton, which was his fourth appearance under manager Louis van Gaal.