Antonio Valencia‘s Ecuador were unable to secure the victory they needed in their final World Cup group game to progress to the last 16.
The South Americans’ task was made all the more difficult following the United midfielder’s dismissal shortly after half-time.
A studs-up challenge by the United man on the French left-back Lucas Digne saw him receive his marching orders after 50 minutes.
Valencia, Ecuador’s captain, recently signed a new three-year contract at Old Trafford and was deployed in central midfield rather than in his more regular position on the wing.
He was unable to dictate the play against a much-changed France side with the highlight of his performance coming in the sixth minute courtesy of a 60-yard diagonal ball for Montero which created Ecuador’s first chance, but the pass made it to his team-mate more by luck than judgement.
Below are some thoughts from United fans on Valencia’s performance and red card:
Antonio Valencia is exactly like his usual dire self. Provides next to nothing however he’s deployed.
— Nicolas (@Nicopoleides) June 25, 2014
— Philip Gatt (@philgatt) June 25, 2014
Got a real naughty streak Valencia.
— 🤷🏻 (@nikstorey_) June 25, 2014
Unnecessary to come in with your studs showing there. That being said, I think Valencia is a bit unlucky. Red card is justified, mind.
— Jonas Giæver (@CheGiaevara) June 25, 2014
Can't really say much about the Valencia red card. Studs up like that is dangerous.
— Adam (@adamsupra_MUFC) June 25, 2014