Radamel Falcao in line to start against Sunderland following James Wilson injury

by Ben Topliss

Radamel Falcao is set to return to the Manchester United starting XI against Sunderland in the Premier League this weekend after James Wilson suffered an injury setback while playing for the U21s, reports The Telegraph’s Mark Ogden.

Wilson lasted just 39 minutes in the second-string clash against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light before coming off with a dead leg which could rule him out of training ahead of this weekend’s match.

He joins Robin van Persie on the treatment table after the Dutchman picked up an ankle injury in the 2-1 defeat to Swansea City last weekend.

Wilson will be assessed by medical staff at Carrington but van Gaal faces the prospect of only being able to call on Falcao and Wayne Rooney for Saturday’s game.

Falcao was dropped to the substitute’s bench against the Swans following a string of ineffective performances and the Colombian has only scored four goals in 19 appearances for United but could well be given a chance with Rooney.

He could also line up with Marouane Fellaini after van Gaal admitted recently that he regards the Belgian as his fifth striker but in terms of fluidity, Rooney and Falcao as a partnership offers far more than Fellaini who looked abject against Swansea at the weekend from a starting role. 

Time is not on Falcao’s side with only 12 games left in the Premier League season and if he wants to earn a permanent deal, he’ll have to start finding his goalscoring touch sooner rather than later.

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