PICTURE: How fast did Antonio Valencia sprint against Liverpool

by Sam Peoples

27 metres in 3 seconds = 100 metres in 11.1 seconds, in boots on grass, after 75 minutes of running around already.

On the track with running shoes? Watch your back Usain.

Image created by @xbirchy at http://www.beautifullyred.co.uk

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Sean 09/26/2012 - 08:21

I can’t believe anyone would say Valencia is overrated, if anything, he deserves more recognition for the job he does at United. He never complains to the press about not being on the starting eleven or playing at RB like most players would. He doesn’t make ludicrous contract demands like most other players. The purpose of a winger is to run to the by-line and cross which is exactly what he does. All this rubbish about wingers having to cut in is absolute tosh not to mention that would usually be a winger in a 433 not a 442 or 4411. Examples or overrated wingers are Walcott and Downing.

Hans 09/25/2012 - 22:49

Valencia was very lucky on Sunday. Instead of a simple pass to unmarked Giggs at back post for a tap in, he went for glory himself and could have easily made a mess of it, but for stupid Johnson.

While he is a good winger, he is no Beckham or Ronaldo. He still has to find a good form his season. I will always remember his miss at Blackburn during his first season with us. He was one on one with their keeper and failed to score. The match finished 0:0, and we lost the title to the rent boys by a point.

Afzal J Khan 09/25/2012 - 18:48

Leon the bitter you’ve made my day ! Honestly ! I have been claiming that Valencia is probably the most overrated United player for ages on MEN United page but noone has so far responded against my judgement. You are luckier as you’ve had a few insults already on this page. Before anybody calls me a bitter or a dipper let me tell you that I’m over 60 years old and have supported United since 1960 !! Let’s talk about his qualities first: He’s fast, very fast, strong, very difficult to take the ball off him, has a great shot and defends well. Does this make him a good winger ? Definitely no and I will explain why. The best way to go about this is to compare him with some recognised wingers.
1. A good winger is supposed to make accurate crosses to the advantage of his partners in the box. If we consider D. Beckham as the reference crosser with a 10 on 10 how would you sincerely rate Valencia ? 4 on 10 !! All his crosses whether low or high are just pumped in HOPEFULLY !!
2. A good winger should take his defender on down the line or run towards goal to make an assist or score. If we give G. Bale 10 on 10 for this exercise, how much would you rate Valencia ? 4 out 10 again ? One reader asked Leon to name one defender who Valencia could not go past. I could name a few but I will refer him back to the CL final at Wembley where Valencia was neutralised like a small kid by an over thirty player, namely, Eric Abidal.
3. A winger is supposed to dribble his way along the corner line and look to make a killer pass to an oncoming partner in the back of retreating defenders like Spurs did against Reading for their first two goals the weekend before ( scored by Defoe and Bale ). Evra and Rafael find themselves more often in that position than Valencia. The ONLY time I have seen Valencia do this was against Swansea at Old Trafford last season when he rolled the ball back to Carrick leading to Scholes opener and to Nani who fluffed his shot. God knows why he does not even try to do it more often !
4. Unlike most wingers who will preferentially go on the outside of their opponent to open up the opposing defense, Valencia prefers to cut inside although he has a completely useless left foot. He therefore plays a lateral or back pass with his right foot. For all the criticism that Nani has deservedly received lately, at least when he cuts inside whether from the right or left wing he has the capacity to shoot with either foot.
Do you guys still believe Valencia is not overrated? Don’t just waive my criticisms with the back of your hand. I would like you to prove to me otherwise like I’ve done above. His number of assists is not a real indication because these come from hopeful crosses or drives across the box. An intelligent winger would have had twice the number of assists. He is so approximate as a crosser that to date no one knows for sure whether his great goal against Blackburn at Old Trafford last season was a real shot or meant to be a hard low cross !! That says it all !!

Olaminiyi 09/25/2012 - 14:36

It always amazed me when pple criticize man united.let me tell u this,had it been he was hit by agger attempt that got him himself injured(agger) want would have happened to valencia.remember he escaped from the attempts of two liverpool players,after which johnson fouled him again,three fouls attempt on a single player.

Tom 09/25/2012 - 21:11

Yes , you are correct ,Valencia was fouled in the midfield as well , but somehow he managed to stay on his feet. Perhaps because they don’t award penalties for fouls outside the box. I naver mentioned Man U as a club, so keep your nickers on. I’m speaking out against diving no matter who is doing it ; Bale, Suarez or Valencia. It brings the game into disrepute.

Egbowon Daniel 09/25/2012 - 14:25

Crazy and funny comments displayed here.But one thing about ANTONIO VALENCIA is that he gives his best when he is on the field of play, although he may not possess the skills that many people would require of him but he is a threat to any defence in the world of football, because he is strong, he can out run his marker and at times provides good cross.So all you Man Utd haters you can ROT IN HELL!!!!.

Dave 09/25/2012 - 12:35

I once ran 10metres segment in 0.93 secs (Okay not a standing start but using this logic I can easily run 100metres in 9.3 secs. Remember they used to do 100m sprints before the League Cup final (Prior to Coca Cola Cup) Danny Wallace won it once i think.

nEx 09/25/2012 - 12:19

You guys should watch and criticize while man united win the EPL title . It’s a̶̲̥̅̊ shame the crippled liverpool players can’t even meet up . Valencia said, catch me if you can. Lmao…..

Imran 09/25/2012 - 07:57

Breaking News — Liverpool to sign Chinese coach , his name is winonesoon.

Dike Chimezie 09/25/2012 - 06:49

with such speed,who needs USAIN BOLT?

Stretford Dave 09/25/2012 - 06:32

What a deluded bitter in disguise that Leon is. As for the penalty a simple clue if you watch it back is Johnsons reaction… Just lies there, doesn’t argue the decision one bit..

TomX 09/25/2012 - 21:43

By the same logic the red card should have never been given because every Liverpool player protested it. Johnson was not protesting because he was too busy collecting his nuts after hitting Reyna.

RedrobVRob 09/24/2012 - 21:59

What pace and skill. He was firstly tapped on his
heal as he went to shoot and then fouled. Only Carol
singers would disagree. I bet it made your day eh
seeing his speed. Reminds you of Owen eh?

Tom 09/24/2012 - 19:41

Well, at least now we know why Valencia went down in the penalty box under slight or no contact. It wasn’t a blatant dive people, he was just exhausted from all that sprinting .

Sir Alex 09/24/2012 - 20:24

hihi -:) I know it hurts kiddy! :))

The truth 09/24/2012 - 21:59

Look at the replay or MOTD.It wasn’t a dive he was ankle tripped from behind+slight push on back.
Ps the ref also made the right calls on the other penalty claims+red card

Tom 09/25/2012 - 05:51

Yes!, yes,!, he was ankle tripped, pushed from the back, shot from a high powered rifle, cut down with a samurai sword, stabbed in the back with a knife, hit over the head with a baseball bat, etc… Let me let you in on a little secret , genius, when you ran at any speed and you stop moving your feet, you fall down. You should try it some time and with a little luck you might hit your head hard enough to start making some f…ing sense

JP 09/25/2012 - 12:42

You, poor excuse of a bitter human being

Tom 09/25/2012 - 13:37

Not bitter, just tired of cheats who ruin the game. I like Valencia a lot but the diving issue has to be addressed,regardless if it’s Suarez or any other player doing it. If it wasn’t for misguided , partisan fools like yourself who accept divers if they are on your team, this problem might’ve been resolved long time ago.

Leon the bitter 09/24/2012 - 17:52

Valencia is so overrated it pains me, what skills does he possess apart from running? can’t score, can’t cross the ball properly, can even make a basic pass with his left foot? pathetic, and to believe that he was United’s player of the year last season just shows how United have declined in standards

samp 09/24/2012 - 19:35

Deluded comment.

Name a defender that has had the better of him.

Drew 09/24/2012 - 20:52

What a load of s*** you talk!

The truth 09/24/2012 - 21:54

Is this a poor april fools joke!

Erick 09/25/2012 - 07:55

Stop the crap you a**hole. Do you really watch football? Valencia is a super winger!

nasir 09/25/2012 - 09:18

never had a thing this daft, in a long while.

hammad 10/02/2013 - 00:43

Wtf are you even listening to yourself!? He’s not overrated, he’s a winger he’s suppose to be fast you idiot, and he’s fot the best low crosses your an idiot who doesn’t know shit about football.


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