The 28-year-old had a fantastic 2011/12 season in which he scooped a trio of trophies at United’s end of season awards but ever since he was given the #7 shirt, he struggled to replicate the form that made him such a devastating player in that campaign.
He gave back the shirt at the start of this season in a bid to recapture his form but has still not been able to replicate his 2011/12 performances, leading to many thinking now is the time for United to let Valencia leave.
Valencia joined United in a £16 million move from Wigan Athletic back in 2009 and he has had some fantastic moments at the club but if United can recoup £12.5 million for him, then it would suit all parties for him to move on.
His one dimensional style of play depends almost entirely on confidence. If he has it, Valencia runs past players like they aren’t there but if he doesn’t, he is very ineffective. He hasn’t had that confidence for well over a year now and at United, there are plenty of other wingers vying for game time.
Nani is someone who offers so much more to United and after signing a new five year deal, David Moyes should prioritise getting the best out of him as soon as he can. As well as Nani, United have the likes of Adnan Januzaj, Shinji Kagawa, Ashley Young and even Danny Welbeck who can all do a job on the right wing.
Valencia had a great couple of seasons at United but he has lost his mojo and doesn’t look any closer to getting it back, so a move away would allow United to give game time to others and Valencia a fresh start somewhere else where he may be able to breath life back into his football.
Do you think Manchester United should sell Antonio Valencia or should he stay at the club?