Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal may have dealt a fatal blow to Radamel Falcao's chances of securing a permanent move to Old Trafford by revealing the striker is fully fit to play against Liverpool even though he starts the game on the bench.
Falcao joined the Red Devils on loan over the summer, but has a clause in his contract which allows him to move to the north west for a fee of around £43 million. However that is looking less and less likely because of the Colombian's injury struggles this season.
He's been sidelined recently with a calf complaint, while there have been some suggestions that he is not fully over the knee injury that ruined his chances of appearing at the World Cup.
Now though he is back to full fitness and raring to go - except Van Gaal still isn't naming him as part of his first XI.
The Manchester United boss said before today's game against Liverpool at Old Trafford: "My plan you shall see on the pitch. The fans have to do that and also you. I had to change [the team] at the last moment because Marcos Rojo was injured in training yesterday.
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"Falcao is fit to start. You have to talk about the qualities of Wilson and Falcao if you compare the two. We need Wilson in this match because of his speed."
Van Gaal's comments will raise plenty of questions about Falcao's future at Old Trafford. It is reported that Manchester United are paying the striker in excess of £250,000-per-week and the powers that be at the club won't be willing to fork out that kind of cash for a player Van Gaal won't select for the big games.
The former Atletico Madrid ace has started just three Premier League games to date and has scored just one goal. Just last week, Van Gaal revealed that Falcao could only manage 20 minutes-per-game given his current levels of fitness.
However now he's back to full fitness and Manchester United still won't call on him, and that doesn't bode well for his future.