FOOTBALL NEWS

29/07/2009 18:47, Report by Ben Hibbs

Antonio aces Reds bow

Sir Alex Ferguson saw plenty of promise in Antonio Valencia's first appearance in a United shirt against Boca Juniors.

The Ecuadorian winger scored in the Reds’ 2-1 win over Boca Juniors, and although Sir Alex wasn’t entirely happy with the team’s performance he was pleased with the contribution of his summer signing from Wigan Athletic.

“I thought we were poor. It was a disappointing team performance,” Sir Alex told MUTV. “Boca pressed the ball and it was something we weren’t used to from the Far East games.

"No disrespect to the Far East teams, but that was a real game for us tonight in that sense. We’re back in the real world and hopefully we’ll come on from this game.

“There were positive moments though - we were very satisfied with Antonio’s first game," he added.

"He had to go back to Ecuador to get his work permit and that meant he missed some of the pre-season work, but he has shown that he has good talent, balance and he’s a good athlete. So we have got something to work with there.”

The boss was also pleased with the performances from the two youngest Reds on the pitch. Teenagers Craig Cathcart, who stepped in after Nemanja Vidic picked up a calf injury in the warm-up, and Fabio both excelled.

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“We were very satisfied with Antonio’s first game. He showed he has good talent, balance and he’s a good athlete. So we have got something to work with there.”

- Sir Alex Ferguson

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