opportunity to move to Old Trafford in the summer of 2009.
Hopes that a superb maiden season could be replicated were dashed when he suffered an horrific ankle injury in United's Champions League draw with Rangers in September 2010. However, Valencia made a breathtaking return to fitness and form within six months.
He played a key role as the Reds regained the Premier League title - making him a league champion for the first time - and he ended a topsy-turvy campaign with fittingly mixed emotions, starting his first Champions League final but tasting defeat against Barcelona.
Valencia's third season at Old Trafford proved his most eye-catching, as a glut of assists took United to within a whisker of a 20th league title, and his personal excellence was rewarded with a clean sweep at the club's end-of-season awards bash, where he picked up the fans' and players' player of the year gongs as well as the goal of the season award.
Michael Owen's departure in the summer of 2012 gave Antonio the chance to inherit the Reds' famous number seven shirt, marking another lunge forward in the Ecuadorian's rise to prominence.