Manchester United fans were given an exciting surprise when Radamel Falcao was named in the starting XI to face Tottenham Hotspur’s U21s last night.
However, that excitement was short lived as the Colombian was unable to contribute to the score-sheet.
Watching Falcao battle Tottenham’s centre-back pairing of Bongani Khumalo and Cameron Carter-Vickers didn’t exactly turn out well. It was generally not much difference from watching him at first-team level.
The 29-year-old ran, fought and put in the effort but as usual he wasn’t set up in the right positions, let alone goal scoring opportunities.
Ryan Giggs told Warren Joyce at half-time to substitute Falcao in the 70th minute #mufcu21
— GirlOnUtd (@GirlOnUtd) March 10, 2015
The two most noticeable incidents with the striker occurred after 20 and 27 minutes respectively.
In the first instance, he was set up by Rafael (who put in a very positive performance) to take on the defence but was neither determined or quick enough and ultimately the hesitation lead to him losing possession. The latter was basically the blueprint of the Falcao we’ve seen in the Premier League as he almost got onto a cross from the right.
After 71 minutes, Falcao was substituted for Josh Harrop, and he left the pitch goalless and slightly baffled because of the managerial decision by Warren Joyce. However, he can have no complaints because it was an underwhelming performance in a game where Falcao should have done more.