Season Analysis: Antonio Valencia
Antonio Valencia wasted little time settling into Manchester United – racking up 49 appearances in United colours and creating a formidable partnership with Wayne Rooney along the way. He’s made a wonderful impact and despite the failures in Europe and the Premier League he can hold his head up high after a superb season.
In a way, he looks a perfect replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo. Not exactly in a goalscoring department, but his ability to create chances (as shown below) and make an impact, as his role as the influential player. This isn’t a comparison – in fact Valencia is nothing like Ronaldo. However, I certainly feel Sir Alex was wise to pay £16m for the winger instead of paying double, or even triple, for Frank Ribery.
|Pos||Player – Chances Created||Total|
|1||Luis Antonio Valencia||82|
|5||Luís Almeida da Cunha||45|
Valencia has been fantastic and fingers crossed he can continue his good form into the new season. He isn’t a goalscorer and that has shown; only six goals throughout the season but remember at Wigan Athletic he managed to find the net just three times. You could easily single out many of his stand-out performances. He was the driving force behind Manchester United’s comeback against CSKA Moscow in the Champions League group stage. He scored the equalising goal in a frantic finish in a thrilling game which ended 3-3.
|Pos||Player – Assists||Total|
|2||Luis Antonio Valencia||7|
The Carling Cup Final was another prime example. A performance worthy of Man of the Match (which he did get, mind), he set up the winning cross which was reward for his consistency and perseverance in that game. He will be able to put his feet up seeing as Ecuador are not featuring in this summer’s World Cup and so that is too good news for the start of next season. I’m confident he may even be able to eclipse last season. We shall see…