When we discovered the news that we were selling possibly the best player in world football for £80million, and were replacing him with Wigan Athletic’s right winger from Ecuador, this was greeted with a lot of groans as you can imagine.
Three years on how different are our opinions of “super Tony V” now? Back in 09 when he signed he formed an instant partnership with Wayne Rooney, creating 13 goals and coupling that with 7 of his own. He plays the old-fashioned right-winger role so well, hugging the touchline and beating his man more often than not with blistering pace. The thing I love about his game though is his crosses, how many times do we hear groans of “get it in the box” from the crowd, not with Valencia though, he drills the ball across with such precision, pace, and accuracy, he quite frankly, is a breath of fresh air.
Early on in his second season, Valencia suffered a break in his left ankle which kept him out till March. He never rediscovered his first season form though, and he later confessed of how he ducked out of 50/50 situations because of the fear something similar may reoccur. This season though he has been back to his best, finding the net four times and grabbing 14 assists so far. He put in another match winning performance against Blackburn on Monday night, and he got himself the all-important goal which won us a vital three points. He is the talk amongst the terraces at the moment and he deserves all the plaudits that are coming his way.
For me he has to be player of the season, his dedication and work-rate to the club we love is second to none, recently he has parted ways with his agent because he believes he doesn’t need one as he intends to stay at United for the foreseeable future. He epitomises what our club is about completely, how can you not love him? He is just pure class on and off the field. Long live Tony V!