August 2013After a difficult 2012/13 campaign, United’s Ecuadorian winger started the present season with a point to prove. Appearing in all three of the Reds’ opening fixtures, starting two of them, Valencia notched an assist as he set up Danny Welbeck for the champions’ second goal in a 4-1 win over Swansea.
A fine strike and an assist against Bayer Leverkusen were the highlights of what, admittedly, was a difficult month for both club and player. The winger started in early-month wins against Crystal Palace and the aforementioned German side before playing in the forgettable 4-1 defeat at the Etihad Stadium.
Away on long-haul international duty with Ecuador, Valencia’s involvement with the Reds was restricted during October. However, the winger still managed to make four appearances, showing his versatility in the dramatic victory against Stoke City as he replaced Chris Smalling at right-back for the final 15 minutes.
Valencia opened the scoring in both the first and the last game of the month. He set the Reds on the way to a 3-1 win over Fulham and