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Despite only playing 163 of a possible 450 minutes in March, Antonio Valencia was hugely impressive on his return from a serious injury – to the extent that you voted him ManUtd.com's Player of the Month.

Valencia and Javier Hernandez dominated the poll, with more than 90% of nearly 80,000 votes.

Poll results:

1. Antonio Valencia (50%) 
2. Javier Hernandez (43%)
3. Wayne Rooney (4%)
4. Chris Smalling (3%)

Watch our video on the right of Antonio in action in March (due to FA Cup rights, we can't show action from the win over Arsenal).

28/03/2011 12:01, Report by J Tuck, L Kane

Valencia voted star man

It's a measure of the impact Antonio Valencia has had on his return from injury that he has been voted United's Player of the Month for March.

The winger made his long-awaited comeback at half-time in the FA Cup win over Arsenal on 12 March and looked like he'd never been away, displaying his usual strength, pace, touch and crossing ability.

The Ecuadorian followed that up with an electric half-hour cameo in the victory over Marseille, before completing his first 90 minutes in six months as United overcame Bolton.

Fans are clearly delighted to have the 25-year-old back. He took half the votes in our poll, narrowly beating Javier Hernandez into second place, with Wayne Rooney and Chris Smalling in third and fourth respectively.

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