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Radamel Falcao playing for Manchester United under-21s

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Radamel Falcao's time at Manchester United is becoming more and more desperate with each passing day.

After he was left as an unused substitute by Louis van Gaal despite Manchester United trailing at home to Arsenal on Monday night, the Colombian international has now been relegated down to under-21 duty for United's fixture against Tottenham on Tuesday evening.

It's a strong squad for United, as Falcao joins the likes of Victor Valdes, James Wilson and Rafael da Silva in the starting lineup.

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Here's the full team: Valdes, Rafael, Love, Thorpe, James, Grimshaw, Goss, Rothwell, A.Pereira, Falcao, Wilson.

Falcao has not featured much for United in recent weeks, so Van Gaal is obviously keen for the striker to get as much game time as possible.

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That makes sense, but it's still pretty embarrassing for a world class forward like Falcao to be demoted down to what is basically the club's development squad.

He is reportedly on around £300,000-a-week, which means he is likely to be the costliest under-21 player in Premier League - and world - football history.

It was a damning indictment of Falcao's current place in the Old Trafford pecking order that Van Gaal turned to Adnan Januzaj instead of the Colombian international last night, as United chased a late equaliser.

The Manchester United boss had slightly handicapped himself by making a double substitution at half-time, but it's safe to say most onlookers expected to see the former-Atletico Madrid ace once Danny Welbeck had put the Gunners ahead.

But Falcao has been edged out of the United squad in recent weeks, his last appearance was 68 minutes against Sunderland in a 2-0 home win.

Since then, he hasn't featured against Newcastle United or Arsenal as Van Gaal has shifted club captain Wayne Rooney back up front after an experiment in midfield.

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What do you think Manchester United fans? Is Van Gaal wasting Falcao? Or is it fair enough that he has been sent down to the under-21s?

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