Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao was in 'total shock' at being told to play for the Red Devils' Under-21 side against Tottenham on Tuesday evening.
This is according to a source close to the Colombia international - and brought to our attention by the Daily Mail - who also claims Falcao is convinced he simply joined the wrong club last summer and is now resigned to leaving the club at the end of the season.
The 29-year-old is almost certain to depart Old Trafford this summer, once his season-long loan deal expires, and will return to parent club AS Monaco.
Falcao overlooked by Van Gaal
Falcao was overlooked by United boss Louis van Gaal for Monday night's FA Cup quarter-final clash against Arsenal, the second match in succession in which he had failed to get off the substitutes' bench.
That Van Gaal opted to send on winger Adnan Januzaj instead of Falcao in the closing stages of the match, with United in desperate need of a goal, said everything about how far his stock has fallen over the past six months.
Knee injury has finished Falcao
Universally regarded as world class prior to his move to Old Trafford - perhaps even one of the best strikers of his generation - Falcao has not looked the same explosive player since recovering from the serious knee injury sustained in January 2014.
Van Gaal attempted to claim in his post-match press conference on Monday night that he was happy with Falcao's performances this season - and bizarrely cited his record of four goals and three assists in 20 appearances as a record to be proud of.
But it's abundantly clear that the Dutch coach, like the majority of Manchester United supporters, has lost faith in the player who would cost £43.5 million to sign on a permanent basis this summer.
Harry Kane would be the best replacement
United have been linked to several potential Falcao replacements in recent weeks, including the likes of Edinson Cavani, Mauro Icardi, Paulo Dybala and even Saido Berahino.
But do Manchester United need a Falcao replacement? It shouldn't be forgotten that in the form of Wayne Rooney, a striker on course to become the all-time leading goalscorer for both the Red Devils and the England national team, United already possess a world-class No. 9.
The fact Robin van Persie is also in steep decline, however, means it's imperative Manchester United bring in at least one top-level striker this summer.
Tottenham's Harry Kane would be a good option. Young, English and a natural goalscorer, Kane has scored a superb 26 goals in all competitions this season.
He would cost a huge fee to sign from Spurs - and the player himself says he plans to stay at White Hart Lane - but this is a player who could solve United's problems in front of goal.
Manchester United fans: which striker do you want to replace Radamel Falcao this summer? Have your say in the comments below!
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