“Dire, but unlucky” – Manchester United fans react to Antonio Valencia’s performance

by Harriet Drudge

Antonio Valencia‘s Ecuador were unable to secure the victory they needed in their final World Cup group game to progress to the last 16.

The South Americans’ task was made all the more difficult following the United midfielder’s dismissal shortly after half-time.

A studs-up challenge by the United man on the French left-back Lucas Digne saw him receive his marching orders after 50 minutes.

Valencia, Ecuador’s captain, recently signed a new three-year contract at Old Trafford and was deployed in central midfield rather than in his more regular position on the wing.

He was unable to dictate the play against a much-changed France side with the highlight of his performance coming in the sixth minute courtesy of a 60-yard diagonal ball for Montero which created Ecuador’s first chance, but the pass made it to his team-mate more by luck than judgement.

Below are some thoughts from United fans on Valencia’s performance and red card:


Can Antonio Valencia rediscover his 2011/12 form? Will he be first choice for Louis van Gaal, or should the Dutchman look to strengthen on the wing?

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