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24/06/2011 09:28

Papers: Valencia braced for battle

Valencia ready for wing war
Antonio Valencia last night brushed aside the threat to his first-team place posed by new signing Ashley Young. Valencia and fellow Manchester United winger Nani will be in Young's sights following the ex-Aston Villa man's £20million switch to Old Trafford. But Valencia, on duty with Ecuador in the Copa America, said: "I heard about this on the news - I do not fear his arrival. The season is long, and under Alex Ferguson everyone will get their chance in United's key matches. Ashley is a good footballer and I believe that he will help us towards even more success next season. As for myself, I have two seasons left at United and I am convinced I will fulfil those. And maybe a few more years, too."
Geoff Sweet, The Sun

Meanwhile, Young’s former Watford manager, Aidy Boothroyd, has told The Mirror: “Ashley has the work-ethic Ji-sung Park has got and I think he has got some of the quality and unpredictability to beat a player and create like Nani and Luis Antonio Valencia have got. He is sort of a mixture or hybrid of them.”

As you’d imagine, Young’s arrival dominates the United news in all the national papers. The Daily Mail also claim Toronto FC are hoping to offer Owen Hargreaves the chance to resurrect his career after the injury-plagued midfielder was released by United this summer.

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