Global Sports : Falcao Fails To Shine For U21s

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Manchester United loan star Radamel Falcao was upstaged by defender Rafael when turning out for the U21s in a 1-1 draw with Tottenham at Old Trafford.
The 29-year-old Colombia striker, who United paid Monaco a reported £6m to sign until the end of the season with the option of a £43.5m permanent deal in the summer, struggled to make an impact in the top-of-the-table clash against Ugo Ehiogu’s men and was eventually substituted for Josh Harrop after 72 minutes of the match.
Falcao has failed to establish himself as a first-team regular at Old Trafford, with manager Louis van Gaal often preferring to pair club captain Wayne Rooney with Robin van Persie in attack.
The former Porto and Atletico Madrid star has managed just four goals in 20 appearances since arriving in England and spent the entirety of Monday’s 2-1 FA Cup to quarter-final loss to the Gunners sat on the substitutes’ bench.
With Van Gaal hoping to maintain or improve Falcao’s fitness levels and match sharpness, the forward turned out for the U21s alongside the likes of James Wilson and Victor Valdes but it was fellow first-teamer Rafael who came up with a moment to savour.
The Brazilian full-back sent an inch-perfect chip over Luke McGee from long distance to level things up on 32 minutes after Republic of Ireland youngster Kenny McEvoy had earlier fired Spurs into the lead.

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