VIDEO: Valencia gets three assists including super solo run vs El Salvador

by Sam Peoples

Antonio Valencia hasn’t exactly been on fire for Manchester United this season but it doesn’t seem to have effected him in the international breaks.

He was in action against Ecuador tonight and was in inspiring form out on the right-wing, claiming three assists in Ecuador’s friendly victory over El Salvador.

His first assist embodied everything that he hasn’t done at United this season. Quick feet, confidence to skip past two players and the intelligence to look up and put it on a plate for Caicedo who couldn’t miss. The second assist was great too with Valencia playing a neat one-two, sprinting through the defence before calmly squaring for Benitez to score.


Where has that Valencia been and who is the doppelganger at Old Trafford? Valencia has got five assists all season for Manchester United but he bagged three assists in 60 minutes for Ecuador.

Valencia admits that his standards have slipped this season and he has clearly been struggling with his injuries. No longer are Rafael and Valencia our most dangerous outlet, even if the Brazilian has been one of our best players of the season he has missed having Valencia there working with him.

In February, Valencia netted his only goal of the season so far against Portugal and his performance tonight certainly suggests he is ready to perform, even if it is only a friendly.

Maybe it is the mighty weight of the famous #7 shirt that is dragging him down and he feels more relaxed on international breaks but with the run-in about to kick in in full swing, Valencia needs to start finding this sort of form in the Premier League – sooner rather than later.

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Benisk 03/25/2013 - 19:19

He is simply not able to bear the weight of number seven on his shoulder.

Luka 03/24/2013 - 09:57

Roger you are not serious, Valencia was our best player last season but nobody expected that of him…now people expect things of him because he got some awards and the #7 and sadly, he shit his pants and hasn’t produced the quality of last season.

Roger 03/22/2013 - 02:42

Bullcrap, Jake. He’s just running here…against a woeful El Salvador. What about the ‘he’s lost his pace’ excuse? Well we’ll have to bin that one. Oh, and the ‘carrying an injury’ one while we’re at it. He’s rubbish. One season, one legged wonder. They come and go, and I hope he’s gone come the summer.

ed 03/22/2013 - 09:12

Ha ha players player of the season last time round and gone the next eh? You really know a lot about football

Roger 03/22/2013 - 21:17

PPOTY Means nothing now, and is a token award only made possible by your team mates.Look at the bare facts. He has only one trick and only one leg. It worked well one season with many assists, but rooney had to make those happen. Open your eyes, stat freak. Seeing is believing. He’s been sussed. He was never that good anyway. Always hugely overrated, largely due to the void left by CR7, and the dreams of Valencia going some way to fill it.

jake 03/21/2013 - 23:29

I’m struggling to believe that I’m watching our Valencia. Thats the guy from last season and he looks fantastic. Its great news because it shows that the guy still has the qualities that made us love him. Valencia has had a bad season, but his performance today proved it doesn’t have to be permenant. There was no doubt he was going to be a Man Utd player next season, so he can still recover. The performance against Chelsea was upsetting to watch. Valencia looked finished, but he showed today that he still has the skill.


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