Antonio Valencia produces commanding display against Liverpool

by Leo Nieboer

Antonio Valencia treated Manchester United supporters to another powerful display at right back during their side’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool in the Premier League.

The Ecuadorian, in what was a furiously paced encounter, bombarded Liverpool’s left hand side all afternoon with a series of powerful runs forward.

He picked up his first assist since May after responding quickly to a Marouane Fellaini header that struck the post, squaring the ball for Zlatan Ibrahimovic to nod home with six minutes left.

A glance at his stats from the game shed light on what was a characteristically imposing display from the 31-year-old.

With Jurgen Klopp opting for a midfield diamond – presumably to flood the midfield and force the likes of Michael Carrick and Paul Pogba into making mistakes – it was crucial that Man United took advantage of the space left out wide.

Mourinho’s men only managed to enjoy sporadic moments of joy out wide in the first half, clearly inundated by the magnitude of the occasion and Liverpool’s sheer intensity.

The second half, on the other hand, was far more fruitful, with Valencia receiving the ball out wide on numerous occasions and quickly bombarding Liverpool’s back four with his direct style. United fans will be disappointed that their side didn’t take more advantage of what was a notably fruitful avenue of attack in the second half.

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