Ander Herrera: Antonio Valencia is the best right-back in the world

by Tanveer Arayan

Ander Herrera insists Manchester United’s Antonio Valencia is currently the best right-back in the world.

Valencia has been at Old Trafford for eight seasons and has managed to earn a regular starting position under new manager Jose Mourinho at full-back.

He supplied the cross to Zlatan Ibrahimovic who scored the winning goal in the Community Shield, played an influential role in Wayne Rooney‘s strike last weekend against Bournemouth and put in another solid showing against Southampton on Friday night.

Speaking about his talent, Herrera claims he is one of the best in the world alongside Dani Alves.

“I know him and have always liked the way he plays,” he said.

“I know he’s not a normal right-back because he used to play as a winger, but I think that, right now, he is the best right-back in the world, maybe with Dani Alves, because I like Dani Alves a lot. I think Antonio is one of the best right-backs in the world.

“When you have a right-back who is quick to defend and he is crossing maybe six or seven times a game, always or almost always successfully, then he understands the football. When I have the ball, I know that Antonio’s always ready to receive it, always to give you one solution.

“I think he’s going to be very important this season. He has already been very important for the club, he has already been here eight years, but I think I told you at the end of the last season something good is being cooked and everyone wants to be part of that.”

He got his campaign off to the best possible start when he registered three assists in the 5-2 win over Galatasaray in Gothenburg and has continued his impressive form.

Like Fellaini, he has proven there is still plenty he can offer and has gone the right way about proving he can play a vital role for Mourinho’s side.

Valencia looks solid at right-back and Mourinho will not want to risk losing his fine form ahead of a demanding schedule approaching in September.

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