Falcao named in Manchester United's Under-21 team to face Spurs tonight

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AN UNUSED SUBSTITUTE against Arsenal in Monday’s FA Cup quarter-final, Radamel Falcao has now been dealt another humiliating blow in his short-lived Manchester United career.

The Colombian, who has struggled for form since arriving on loan from Monaco in September, will feature for the club’s Under-21 side in tonight’s clash with Tottenham at Old Trafford.

It’s a top-of-the-table battle with United currently leading the way and the former Atletico Madrid attacker, who is reportedly being paid in excess of £200,000 per week, will play up front alongside James Wilson.

It’s a star-studded United team with Victor Valdes and Rafael also included.

The official line from United is that Falcao is included ‘in a bid to get some minutes under his belt’ but it’s an embarrassing state of affairs for all involved.

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Having arrived at the club to much fanfare, the striker has managed just four goals in United colours and has rarely completed 90 minutes. In recent weeks, manager Louis van Gaal has elected to start Marouane Fellaini in an advanced position and leave Falcao out altogether.

It would seem certain that Falcao’s time in Manchester will be brief though recent reports suggested United will wait until the end of the season before making a decision on whether to lock him down to a permanent deal or not.

Falcao, who’s 29, is allowed to play with the U21s as teams can field three overage outfield players and one overage goalkeeper.

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