Colombian striker Radamel Falcao has been handed another blow at Manchester United after the club's U-21 fixture with Manchester City was postponed.
The forward was set to star in the match, which was originally scheduled for this weekend, as he looks to build up his fitness after a disappointing start to his Old Trafford career.
In truth, injury has taken its toll on the striker throughout the course of the campaign so far as he's failed to prove his credentials under Louis van Gaal. Falcao has been limited to appearances from the bench in recent weeks and played no part in United's 2-1 victory over Southampton on Monday night.
And now, with the Red Devils set to play Manchester City on home soil on Sunday afternoon, the striker may have to watch from the sidelines once again as the duo of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie start in attack for Louis van Gaal's side.
It appears, then, that the Dutch boss was ready to hand the player a role in the U-21fixture as he looks to prove himself, but after the postponement the club, the side won't play again until January 9.
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Falcao will have to work on his fitness on the training ground over the coming weeks, with the same report revealing that United could arrange a private match in order to help the Colombian improve his sharpness.
There's no doubt about it, the forward - when fit - is one of the best strikers in world football, but will desperate to prove his worth in the red shirt as he looks to secure a permanent move to the club.
Currently on loan from French side Monaco, Falcao will be well aware that he will need to start impressing the Manchester United hierarchy sooner rather than later.
He may well get his chance to shine on Sunday from the bench, so will be looking to prove a point in the crunch showdown.
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