Manchester City vs Manchester United team news: Radamel Falcao OUT, Wayne Rooney IN, confirms Louis van Gaal

Falcao has not played since 20 October after picking up a knock in training

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Radamel Falcao has been ruled out of Sunday's Manchester derby because of injury, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has confirmed.

Falcao has not played since 20 October, after picking up a knock in training.

The United captain Wayne Rooney, however, will be fit for the clash against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

Rooney has missed United's last three matches because of suspension, and Van Gaal rejected claims that the striker was also struggling with injury.

"He was never injured," Van Gaal  said about Rooney. "He shall play, he is my captain."

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City go into Sunday's game on a bad run of form, having failed to win in their last three matches in all competitions.

Manuel Pellegrini's team were knocked out of the Capital One Cup by Newcastle.

"It is not the greatest moment of Manchester City," Van Gaal added. "What we have seen of Manchester City in the last matches was not so good.

"We have a good feeling about this match."

It will be the first time Van Gaal has been in the dugout for a Manchester derby and the Dutchman could field up to five derby debutants for the hotly-contested clash.


But he is sure they will all understand what the fixture means to the club after a pep talk from assistant manager Ryan Giggs this week.

"Ryan Giggs presented the analysis of Manchester City, and I felt more tension (about the derby) with him. It was good to see that," Van Gaal said.

"He knows it, he has the experience as a player and now maybe as an assistant manager."

Tensions have run high in the build up to the clash but Van Gaal insists his players must not be overcome by emotion on Sunday afternoon.

He added: "We don't have to accelerate this feeling because it is football and you have to play the game, not only a game with emotion but also in a tactical way.

"For me, I have to analyse and prepare for the games in the same manner (as the other matches)."

Additional reporting by PA