PLAYER PROFILE

Season 2013/14

United Honours

25. Antonio Valencia

Birthdate:04 Aug 1985
Birthplace:Nueva Loja
Position:Winger
Appearances187
Goals Scored21
Joined United:30 Jun 2009
United Debut:9 Aug 2009 v Chelsea (N)
International:Ecuador

Armed with pace, power and dizzying chicanery, Antonio Valencia is one of the leading exponents of wingplay.

The Ecuadorian is the latest player to wear United's iconic number seven shirt, having established himself as one of Sir Alex Ferguson's most potent attacking weapons since his arrival at Old Trafford in the summer of 2009. 

His transfer to United curtailed a three-year stint at Wigan Athletic, where he had piqued manager Paul Jewell's interest with a series of impressive performances in central midfield in Ecuador's campaign at the 2006 World Cup.

Though his performances earned him a nomination for FIFA's Best Young Player award, Valencia was only a bit-part player at Villarreal and had gone into the tournament after a successful loan spell with Recreativo Huelva in Spain's second tier.

It required another loan deal to take him to Wigan, but Antonio impressed sufficiently as the Latics excelled in their first Premier League campaign and he made a permanent move to the JJB Stadium as Steve Bruce took over from Jewell.

In his three seasons at Wigan, Valencia made 83 appearances, scoring seven times and catching the eye of several bigger clubs. Antonio turned down the chance to join Real Madrid, but couldn't resist the

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