PICTURE: Antonio Valencia shows he literally is a tank

PICTURE: Antonio Valencia shows he literally is a tank

Antonio Valencia has always been called a tank on the pitch given his iron man physique and he took the nickname into his own hands on international duty with Ecuador on Tuesday.

When a buggy taking Javier Mascherano off the pitch was going too slow, Valencia got behind it and got it moving faster during Ecuador’s 1-1 draw with Argentina. Superman.

The result leaves Ecuador five points behind Argentina with one game in hand so Valencia still has a strong chance of qualifying for Brazil 2014.

“To concede a goal after three minutes costs you a lot. We draw and now we must move forward with our aspiration of qualifying,” Valencia told El Universo

“We came to play to win and we had to win. We created many chances, but hey, that’s it and we must continue with our heads held high looking to win.

The 27-year-old had a poor domestic season but a fine one on the international scene and with Ecuador on the verge of qualifying for the World Cup, it could be a great summer for Valencia.

Next year, he has a lot to prove when he comes back to Manchester United. He became a shadow of the 2012 Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year but under Moyes, he will have another opportunity to prove himself.

There aren’t many wingers who possess the raw power and pace that Valencia does, and when he is on his game he is simply unstoppable (just ask Liverpool).

All United fans will hope he returns to that form and with Zaha already joining the squad, Valencia knows he will have to prove himself.

 

Photo: AP

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