After a long lay-off, Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia has finally returned to action. Based on the fact that Valencia came on for Fabio, a player who had given 110%, at halftime, there was probably a plan in place to get Valencia on for Fabio at halftime all along. His return couldn't have come at a better time for United, who are currently without Nani and Park Ji-Sung. Now that they're 2-0 down in this FA Cup tie, Arsenal can't be too pleased to see another attacking option on the pitch that they have to account for.
Valencia suffered a horrific injury in the UEFA Champions League against Rangers in September. He broke his ankle in terrible fashion, and it's no surprise that it's taken him until March to return. In fact, the injury was so bad that his March return should be considered a speedy recovery.
If Valencia is fit to play significant minutes against Marseille on Tuesday, it could be a big deal for Alex Ferguson's side. Valencia's presence could allow him to play Darren Fletcher in the center of midfield as opposed to on the right, where he often has to play when both Nani and Valencia are unavailable. His return could also mean that we see more 4-4-2 with Nani on the left hand side in the future. Any way you look at it, Valencia's return is a big deal and a huge positive for Manchester United.