Manchester United fans were happy with Antonio Valencia‘s performance in their side’s 1-1 draw with Leicester City in the Premier League on Sunday.
It was perplexing to see the Ecuadorian start ahead of Timothy Fosu-Mensah, but the Dutchman’s decision was soon vindicated as Valencia gave an assured display at right back, even producing a scintillating cross for Anthony Martial‘s goal after eight minutes.
United fans were quick to voice their approval of the 30-year-old:
Valencia great, Rojo awful ,
Need more involvement from Rashford, #MUNLEI
— Soumoy (@IamSoumoy) May 1, 2016
Valencia and Lingard been good. Rooney been bad.
— sam (@mufcsam_) May 1, 2016
Valencia and Fellaini are two best players that half
— Manchester United (@Manutdsfans) May 1, 2016
A performance like today, which saw Valencia show both attacking guile and defensive grit, makes one wonder why he receives such flak from such a large portion of Man United’s fanbase.
He cuts a detached, inane figure amongst this new United side, almost irritated by the change that envelops around him. United fans often forget that Valencia is part ever-depleting sect of players who played under Sir Alex Ferguson.
And in the pouring rain, against the champions-elect, Valencia’s no-nonsense, unrelenting show down the right evinced memories of that golden age, which, as Leicester cruise towards the title whilst United’s Champion’s League hopes wilt, feels like very, very long ago.