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Armed with pace and power, Antonio Valencia has become one of United’s most consistently solid performers.

Formery a potent attacking weapon for the Reds, the Ecuadorian has recently been transformed into a dynamic, dependable right-back. Valencia arrived in the summer of 2009 from Wigan Athletic, where he had spent three years, initially on loan from Villarreal, after catching the eye for Ecuador at the 2006 World Cup. He made 83 appearances for the Latics, 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 opportunity to move to Old Trafford. Hopes that a superb maiden season could be replicated were dashed when he suffered a 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, playing a key role as the Reds regained the Premier League title. Valencia's third season at Old Trafford proved 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. Michael Owen's departure in the summer of 2012 gave Antonio the chance to inherit the Reds' famous no.7 shirt, but he reverted to the no.25 shirt the following season. Fast forward to 2015/16 and Valencia ended an injury-disrupted campaign on a high in the FA Cup final, drilling in a low cross that led to Jesse Lingard firing home the winning goal in extra-time. And in 2016/17, under the guidance of Jose Mourinho, Valencia enjoyed one of his finest seasons since joining the club. With his transformation from winger to right-back now complete, Antonio was one of the team's standout performers and was voted Player of the Year by his team-mates for the second time. Valencia was named captain for United's Europa League final win over Ajax and was rewarded for his displays with a new two-year deal, keeping him at the club until 2019. After Wayne Rooney's departure he often captained the side in the absence of Michael Carrick and was one of Jose's most reliable players in 2017/18, making 38 starts in all competitions. Valencia is also in the top 50 United appearance holders, with plenty of time to add to his total.

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  • Position

    Defender

  • Country

    Ecuador

  • Date of birth

  • Joined

  • United debut

    v Chelsea (N)

I want to put a shift in for United, the team I love. I always want to give everything.

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Antonio Valencia smiles during a training session

Valencia can't wait for Stateside return Article

Antonio Valencia is looking forward to another warm welcome from United's American fanbase this month.

Antonio Valencia.
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Antonio Valencia is the longest-serving member of the current United squad and is the only Ecuadorian to represent the club.

Stood with his arms folded, Antonio Valencia poses for a photo at the Aon Training Complex

From the Amazon to Old Trafford Article

Nine years after his arrival, here's the story of Antonio Valencia's remarkable journey.

Antonio Valencia

Valencia - season by season Article

We recall Antonio's contributions to the cause in nine United campaigns.

Antonio Valencia shakes hands with Sir Alex Ferguson after signing his first United contract in 2009.
#MUTrivia
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On 30 June 2009, we signed Antonio Valencia as a winger from Wigan Athletic. Now a full-back, the Ecuadorian has scored 25 goals in his 330 games for us so far.

Sir Alex Ferguson poses for a photo with his arms around new signing Antonio Valencia
Antonio Valencia says

"The only thing I wanted to do was put on the United shirt and play for the team, so the negotiations did not last very long."

Antonio Valencia in action for Ecuador against Argentina in 2005
Former Wigan manager Paul Jewell says

“I went to watch Ecuador against Poland and this lad stood out, playing in central midfield. The daft thing is that there was no competition for him."

Antonio Valencia
Antonio Valencia says

“It’s really incredible, the welcome we get in any American city. It gives us all great pride to be part of the club when we see the fans turning out in huge numbers."

Antonio Valencia with young Manchester United Foundation volunteers at the Aon Training Complex.
Antonio Valencia says

"I used to help and volunteer at my mum’s nursery every afternoon when I was younger - it was a wonderful experience."

Antonio Valencia poses with a football during United's home kit photoshoot

'The derby has given us great vibes' Article

Antonio Valencia tells United Review the players are buzzing as we head into the final weeks of the campaign.

Wearing a hat, gloves and snood, Antonio Valencia smiles as he makes his way out to a United training session
Antonio Valencia says

"Our confidence is high. We are united - with a small ‘u’ as well as large."

Antonio Valencia walking off the pitch at Old Trafford in his red United shirt.

'I want to win & fight for this club' Article

A fired-up Antonio Valencia tells MUTV his passion and desire to bring more success to the club has no bounds.

Antonio Valencia
City v United
Antonio Valencia says

“Thanks to God, I’ve had the opportunity to play in several derbies now and I think the important thing is that you go into it in a calm frame of mind.”

Antonio Valencia battles with Manchester City's Leroy Sane.
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Antonio Valencia played in his 20th Manchester derby on Saturday. The Ecuadorian has won 10, drawn two and lost eight matches so far.

Antonio Valencia
City v United
Antonio Valencia says

“At my age, I’m feeling great and looking forward. I want to play every game, I want to win more, I want to fight for this club.”

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