Manchester United round-up: Early team news; Radamel Falcao could sign for cut-price fee

A select round-up of the latest news relating to Manchester United

Manchester United take on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park this afternoon in a vital match for their Champions League qualification hopes.

Louis van Gaal’s side have lost their last three matches – to Chelsea, Everton and West Bromwich Albion – and a fourth straight defeat would raise further questions regarding their chances of finishing in the top-four.

In early team news, the BBC reports that United will have to do without Michael Carrick for the rest of the season.

However, there is better news regarding a number of other players, with Jonny Evans, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw and Phil Jones all fit and available.

In other news, the Telegraph reports that United could yet sign their loan striker Radamel Falcao for a cut-price fee after his parent-club Monaco were given a fine and a squad restriction for breaching FFP rules.

The latest report claims United could now benefit, with Monaco allegedly reluctant to keep hold of a player whose wages will take a hefty dent out of their budget.

As a result, it is being suggested the French side may now ask for a reduced transfer fee for the Colombia international.

The 29-year-old has not hit the heights at Old Trafford this season, but his record of 195 club career goals cannot be ignored.

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