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Young: Antonio Valencia has it all

by Sam Peoples

Fellow winger Ashley Young has sung the praises of United’s new number seven Antonio Valencia ahead of the Wigan fixture this Saturday.

“Last season he had everything. He attacks, he defends, he can shoot, he can cross, he can pass… he has it all and that’s why he scooped up everything at the end-of-season awards. It’s why the players voted for him and it’s why the fans voted for him.” Ashley Young

Speaking to Inside United, he said:”He’s fantastic to play with.

“Antonio, like every other player, knows how to look after himself as well – he knows what to eat, what to drink and he works closely with our fitness coaches.”

Antonio was in action for Ecuador last night but got an uncharacteristic red card in a 1-1 draw with Uruguay. The winger will be hoping for a better return against his former club Wigan on Saturday.

“He’s one of those players who is constantly maturing. Without doubt, his best position is wide right – he’s fantastic there.” Sir Alex Ferguson

It was hardly surprising when Valencia picked up the Fans Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year awards last year from the club. He was imperious in his right-wing position and was simply unplayable.

At the back end of last season, the partnership of Rafael and Valencia on the right flank was one of our most fruitful outlets. This season hasn’t started off in the same fashion but, then again, neither have United.

He may not have much in the way of variety but the power, pace and pure strength combined with an innate ability to fire a whipped cross in makes him one of the best wingers in the league.

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