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’.
Louis van Gaal confirms Wayne Rooney is fit for the derby but Falcao misses out through injury. Antonio Valencia could also feature. #mufc— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 31, 2014
More on Rooney: "He has scored a lot of goals against City, the most of any player. I am very happy that he can play, and he shall." #mufc— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 31, 2014
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’.