28/07/2009 13:09, Report by Nick Coppack in Munich
Valencia to face Boca
Sir Alex isn’t in the habit of announcing his team too far in advance, but the United boss has confirmed Antonio Valencia will start against Boca Juniors in Munich on Wednesday.
The Ecuadorian winger will pull on a Reds shirt for the first time when United kick off the two-day Audi Cup competition against the Argentinean giants.
“Valencia didn’t join us in the Far East because he was behind the rest of the squad in terms of his fitness,” Sir Alex said.
“He’s been back at Carrington doing his endurance and speed work, catching up with everyone else.”
And although it’s unrealistic to expect Valencia to step straight into Cristiano Ronaldo’s shoes, the United manager is confident he’s found a player who will go from strength to strength.
“We lost Ronaldo in the summer and he’s someone who gave us 26 goals last season. It’s going to be hard to replace him and we hope we can find an answer to that.
“We’ve signed Valencia, who has a lot of potential – he’s young, very athletic and possesses good power. At 23 years of age I think he can develop at our club.”You can watch all four Audi Cup games – two on Wednesday, two on Thursday – live on MUTV. United meet Boca Juniors on Wednesday at 17:30 BST.