Gary Neville: Antonio Valencia has been Manchester United’s most consistent player

by Leo Nieboer


Former Manchester United full-back Gary Neville has insisted that Antonio Valencia has been the most consistent threat under Jose Mourinho this season.

The Ecuadorian has made the right back slot his own over the last few months, making 29 appearances in all competitions this season.

He picked up his fifth major honour in a Man United shirt on Sunday as Jose Mourinho’s men claimed a dramatic 3-2 win over Southampton in the League Cup final.

And Neville, speaking on Sky Sports, was quick to make note of the 31-year-old’s reliability under Mourinho this season.

“He’s been outstanding this season, Antonio Valencia,” he said. “Probably the most consistent player in a red shirt.”

As a fan, you end up gauging – at least partly – the personality of each player. Social media has provided us with a platform that we, the mere mortals of society, can share with the footballing elite, and we gain a clearer reflection of what certain players are like as a result.

But Valencia has always been different: in a footballing world dominated by egos and mind games, the Ecuadorian has maintained a strictly functional role throughout his career, dedicating himself solely to the task at hand, regardless of context. And that, above anything, has been the key to his success under Mourinho this season.

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