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Radamel Falcao goes head-to-head with American teen center back... in Manchester United U-21 game

Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur: U21 Premier League

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: Radamel Falcao of Manchester United U21s in action with Cameron Carter-Vickers and Bongani Khumalo of Tottenham Hotspur U21s during the Barclays U21 Premier League match between Manchester United U21s and Tottenham Hotspur U21s at Old Trafford on March 10, 2015 in Manchester, England. (Photo by John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)

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It’s safe to say anyone projecting a match-up between Radamel Falcao and Cameron Carter-Vickers this season would’ve thought it likely for the international stage or an unlikely Premier League call-up for Carter-Vickers.

Instead, the 17-year-old US youth center back (pictured, left) went up against the 29-year-old Colombian star in Tottenham Hotspur’s 1-1 draw against Manchester United in U-21 action on Tuesday.

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It’s not unusual for veterans to get runs with the youth sides in the Premier League, but to say Falcao would hit the Old Trafford pitch with the U-21s would’ve been a stretch.

Falcao played 72 minutes, while first teamers Victor Valdes, James Wilson and Rafael da Silva also hit the pitch for United. Carter-Vickers had a scoring chances for Spurs, who also suited up ex-Chicago Fire loanee Grant Ward.

A dual national English-American and Spurs Academy player, Carter-Vickers signed a pro contract in December after interest from Arsenal. He has represented the U.S. at youth levels and is considered in the mix for the 2016 U.S. Olympic team (should the Yanks qualify).

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