Perhaps the pressure of such a jersey weighed down on his considerably-sized shoulders as his consistency dipped slightly throughout the course of the season. However, like every top player, Valencia recaptured top form just at the right time, 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 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 there would be few who bet against the winger from re-capturing his best form next season.