Valencia has that rare ability to beat his man from a standing start, to make a yard of space on the byline. His resultant dangerous crosses found willing recipients in the box all season.

Appearances/goals: Premier League 29(5)/5; Champions League 6(3)/2; Carling Cup 2(2)/0; FA Cup 0(1)/0. Total: 37(11)/7

Season soundbite: “Antonio is in the Paul Scholes mould, in the way that he approaches the game. He's a very humble lad. He comes in and does his work and then goes home. He's most comfortable out on the football pitch, where he's been very impressive.”
– Rio Ferdinand

In a word: Kanchelskis?
04/06/2010 07:53, Report by James Tuck
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Player review: Valencia

In his first term at OT, 'Tony' was a revelation on the wing vacated by Cristiano Ronaldo...

Story of the season
Far from being eased into life at United following his summer move from Wigan, Valencia was thrust into regular action from the off, and soon vindicated that decision with a string of confident and athletic displays. Assists from whipped-in crosses were his stock-in-trade – and manna from heaven for goal-fixated Wayne Rooney. Valencia weighed in with a few strikes of his own: a delightful effort against Bolton in October was the first of a mid-season cluster which culminated in the winger picking up back-to-back Player of the Month awards on ManUtd.com. He netted a late Champions League winner at CSKA Moscow and was also named Man of the Match in the Carling Cup final. Strength and stamina positioned Antonio as both a go-to man in attack and a useful ally in defence; for virtually all of the season he steered clear of injury to finish as one of the Reds’ top appearance-makers, and was deservedly named in the PFA Team of the Year.

Finest moment
In a perfect illustration of the winger’s art, Valencia destroyed his former club Wigan at Old Trafford in December. After setting up three of the Reds’ first four goals with a

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