Manchester United duo heap praise on Antonio Valencia following his Arsenal return

by Tanveer Arayan

Manchester United duo Michael Carrick and Juan Mata have heaped praise on Antonio Valencia his return against Arsenal.

The right-back was in top from throughout the game and could have even have won a penalty when Nacho Monreal challenged him in the penalty area during the first-half.

He won the Man of the Match award for his showing against Arsene Wenger’s men and later dedicated the award to Man United’s medical staff for their help on his recovery.

Speaking about the 31-year-old, Carrick claimed he has been United’s best player so far.

“Antonio has been incredible at right-back since he has moved to that position. He just looks so dangerous going forward but, at the same time, he is so solid defensively,” he said.

“His positional play has improved a lot and I think that’s told. He has been our best player in a lot of our games this season.

“To come back so quick from a broken bone speaks volumes for him and his attitude to get back and play.”

Mata added: “He is a beast. He is a great player and very important for us, defending and going forward. He gives us a lot on the right flank.”

It’s incredible to think about how quickly he returned after surgery, especially following his spectacular showing against Arsenal where he was taking players on with ease on the wing.

There were fears Valencia wouldn’t be able to keep up his top form once he returned from the sidelines, but he has truly made the right-back role his own.

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