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Radamel Falcao did nothing in Manchester United U21 draw - individual highlights

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Radamel Falcao's career at Manchester United reached a new low last night as he was named in the U21 side to play Tottenham - but then it plumbed the depths when he was substituted after 72 minutes having made little impact on the game.

The Colombian striker is said to earn in the region of £260,000-per-week at Old Trafford but has flopped badly since completing his season-long loan switch from Monaco in the summer.

Drought

He's scored just four goals in the Premier League from 17 appearances, and hasn't scored in lthe league since January. 

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Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal opted to give him some game time against Tottenham last night in the hope that the former Atletico Madrid ace could play his way back into form, however the decision appears to have backfired.

Hooked

Falcao looked ineffectual before he was eventually hooked with under 20 minutes remaining. He was replaced by Joshua Harrop as the game eventually finished 1-1.

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Check out his individual highlights here, in which Falcao can be seen repeatedly mis-controlling the ball and fluffing chances to get a shot on goal: 

The 29-year-old is fighting to make his move to Manchester United permanent, although it's highly unlikely that they'll take up the £43 million option they have. 

Alongside Falcao, there were a host of senior Manchester United players who turned out at Old Trafford last night. Brazilian Rafael, who has lost his place to Antonio Valencia at full-back, bagged his side's only goal with a fine strike. 

Victor Valdes, who penned an 18 month contract with the Red Devils back in January, started in goal, while James Wilson partnered Falcao in attack.

Opinion

Van Gaal has previously said he will use the U21 side to give those on the fringe of his squad game-time which is exactly what he did last night. He did the same with Ashley Young and Marouane Fellaini earlier this season and his logic is sound. 

However, such is Falcao's fall from grace that his appearance last night caused a major stir. He has just 10 Premier League games left to prove his worth, however the feeling is that it is already far too late.

Do you think Manchester United should let Falcao return to Monaco and try and buy him back at a cheaper rate?

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