Ecuadorian fan Alejandro Velasco met fellow countryman Antonio Valencia during a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Manchester.

"I'm proud of Antonio because he's a symbol for our country," says the 19-year-old.

03/05/2012 16:19, Report by James Tuck
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From Ecuador to OT with Aon

It may not have been the result the Reds wanted, but the recent eight-goal thriller with Everton wasn’t a bad first-ever game to attend.

Alejandro Velasco, a fan from Ecuador, was in the crowd for the 4-4 draw in April after being invited to Old Trafford by United's principal sponsor, Aon.

Aon had first met the 19-year-old during the club's trophy tour of Ecuador in October, when he made an 800-mile trip from his hometown of Guayaquil to Quito to see the Barclays Premier League trophy.

So impressed were they with Alejandro’s dedication, they organised a once-in-a-lifetime trip for him and his mother to travel to Old Trafford to fulfil one of his dreams.

Alejandro, who was diagnosed with celebral palsy as a baby, also visited Carrington to meet the first-team squad, including fellow countryman Antonio Valencia.

We caught up with the avid Red to ask him a few questions about his visit…

How long have you been a United fan?
For six years, since the World Cup, more or less. The main reason I started supporting United was because of Cristiano Ronaldo, but when he left for Real Madrid I started investigating more of the club’s history and I’ve remained a fan ever since. United have such a rich history, especially the ’68 European Cup final win. For me it was incredible how we overcame such tragedy at Munich to become European champions.

How did you feel when you were invited to Manchester to watch United play?
I actually have no words to describe how I felt! I was telling my mother how I couldn’t believe it right up until we arrived at Old Trafford. The United staff were so kind to invite me here and I feel so lucky with all that’s happened to me. I’ve achieved one of my dreams in coming to Old Trafford.

What are your first impressions of Manchester and Old Trafford?
Old Trafford is one of the greatest stadiums in the world – we all know that. It’s amazing to be here. I like Manchester from what I’ve seen – it’s a bit colder than Guayaquil, but it’s a great city!

Who is your favourite United player?
I have three: Wayne Rooney, Nani and Chicharito. Rooney just because he’s Rooney, one of the greatest players United have ever had. Nani for his

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