Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal gives injury update ahead of Premier League clash v Manchester City

Louis van Gaal

Radamel Falcao has been ruled out of the Manchester derby between Manchester City and Manchester United, but Wayne Rooney is set to feature in the Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has ruled Radamel Falcao out of the Premier League clash against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

The Colombia international striker missed the game against Chelsea at Old Trafford last weekend after suffering a knock in training.

Falcao was expected to return to full fitness for Sunday’s Manchester derby, but the former Atletico Madrid and FC Porto star has been ruled out.

‘Falcao is still injured’, Van Gaal told reporters on Friday. ‘Rooney was never injured. He shall play, he is my captain. I think [Antonio] Valencia is fit again to play’.

Despite the injury concerns, Van Gaal is confident that United will emerge victorious in Sunday’s derby at the Etihad.

‘That is our goal, to win’, said the Dutchman. ‘It is possible, we are growing, we are developing ourselves. What we have seen of City in the last few matches was not so good. You never know’.

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