PLAYER PROFILE

Season 2013/14

United Honours

25. Antonio Valencia

Birthdate:04 Aug 1985
Birthplace:Nueva Loja, Ecuador
Position:Winger
Appearances196
Goals Scored21
Joined United:30 Jun 2009
United Debut:9 Aug 2009 v Chelsea (N)
International:Ecuador

playing a key role in vital wins at Stoke City and West Ham to help secure the title in April.

The following season 2013/14 was not quite as productive for the Ecuadorian, who had reverted to the no.25 shirt, as the Reds endured a tough campaign following the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson. Valencia was, however, a regular fixture in new manager David Moyes' XI and started the season well bagging a goal in United's 4-2 home win over Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League.

Unfortunately, these kind of results were to become all too rare in what would become a season to forget for the Reds. Still, Valencia's season finished positively on a personal note as he not only received a call-up for Ecuador's World Cup squad but also penned a new contract that will keep him at the club until at least June 2017.

Antonio's is a journey which has taken him from the Amazon Basin to the banks of the River Irwell, which only goes to show that Valencia is no stranger to hard work, and few would bet against the winger re-capturing his best form in 2014/15.

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