by Richard Laverty

Radamel Falcao looked raring to go as he trained with the rest of the Manchester United first-team squad ahead of Monday’s FA Cup tie against Arsenal.

Falcao has become a periphery figure in the United team since a below par performance saw him substituted against Preston in the previous round with United trailing 1-0.

Despite ludicrous claims from Martin Keown at the time that Falcao may not play for the club again, the Colombian striker started against Sunderland in the Premier League, producing some superb control to win the penalty that opened the scoring.

But either side of the Sunderland match, Falcao didn’t even come off the bench with the side chasing from behind against Swansea and looking for a late winner against Newcastle.

Despite the goal against the Magpies on Wednesday finally coming, Louis van Gaal turned to Juan Mata and Michael Carrick with minutes to go as opposed to Falcao but United’s scrappy 1-0 win vindicated his decision.

A home game against Arsenal in what is likely to be a loud night inside Old Trafford is the perfect stage for Falcao to really get back among the goals. Although we’ve said similar things before, there’s always the chance somebody like Falcao can flick the switch and turn on the style. Hopefully that happens tomorrow.

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