Nemanja Vidic full of praise for Antonio Valencia at Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer


Former Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic has heaped praise on Antonio Valencia following his recent performances under Jose Mourinho this season.

The Ecuadorian has cemented himself as Mourinho’s first choice right back this season, producing a seemingly endless stream of powerful, dedicated performances on the flank.

He recently received his third Man United ‘Player of the Month’ award of the season in light of a March period hallmarked by romping performances at right wing back against Chelsea, FC Rostov and Middlesbrough.

And Vidic, speaking to ESPN, was full of praise for the way his former teammate has conducted himself this season.

“I loved playing with him and against him because he’s an honest player,” he said. “It’s difficult to beat him one-on-one. He’s strong, he’s powerful, he has everything.

“I like to see him at right-back because he can still go forward and cross the ball, but he doesn’t have that obligation to be creative too much up front. It’s a good position for him.”

The likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan have, of course, grabbed the majority of the headlines this season, but could you name anybody in the current United squad with more consistency than the 31-year-old?

Can you even point to a time where he has wilted, even for a brief second? This has been a season like no other for Valencia: unfailingly disciplined and powerful in both defence and attack, espousing an indefatigable approach reflective of the overall way in which Mourinho wishes to play the beautiful game. Needless to say, his presence has been salutary this season.

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