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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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    Ecuador

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

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'We need to play with character' Article

Antonio Valencia is ready to face Wolves after a precautionary midweek breather.

Antonio Valencia scores against Wolves in 2012.
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United last met Wolves in February 2012 and ran out 5-0 winners at Molineux, thanks to goals from Jonny Evans, Antonio Valencia, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez (2).

Valencia: My 10 seasons Article

Antonio Valencia talks us through one memorable photo from each of his eventful seasons as a Red.

Antonio Valencia says

"I'm very proud to be captain of United and so are my family. I'm enjoying it and I hope my team-mates endorse what I’m doing."

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2015/16: FA Cup success
Antonio Valencia says

"We won the cup with Louis van Gaal as the manager. It had been some time since United last won it, so I was very pleased to beat Crystal Palace."

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2009/10: Signing for United
Antonio Valencia says

"I remember feeling anxious because I was stood next to Mr Ferguson and it was my first training day, so I was extremely nervous."

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2016/17: Glory in Stockholm
Antonio Valencia says

"This is after the Europa League final, which we were determined to win. The team played well, we won 2-0 and we were all delighted to lift the trophy."

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2017/18: That rocket v Stoke
Antonio Valencia says

"I scored with my left foot – my first goal with my left foot for United. I was very happy to score and it helped us to beat Stoke, so it was a good result."

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2018/19: Captain's pride
Antonio Valencia says

“I was representing United as captain on our pre-season tour of America and I was very proud to lead out the team."

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2012/13: Our 20th league title
Antonio Valencia says

"We won the Premier League in Sir Alex's final season. It was the second trophy that I'd lifted with United, so I was very happy."

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2013/14: Eye-catching display
Antonio Valencia says

"During our comeback win over Olympiacos, I was headed in the eye but had to continue playing. I could only see out of one eye for the rest of the game."

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2010/11: That horror injury
Antonio Valencia says

"This is when I broke my left ankle. I had a tattoo of my daughter's name on my arm and I was looking at it when I left the pitch, as my daughter was at the stadium."

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2014/15: 'Juanfield'
Antonio Valencia says

"We beat Liverpool at Anfield. It was a really hard game but the team played very well and I kept the match ball as a souvenir."

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2011/12: Awards clean sweep
Antonio Valencia says

“This is the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award that I won in 2012. I won three trophies so it was a very good moment for me and I have really fond memories.”

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2011/12: Awards clean sweep
Antonio Valencia says

"This is the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award that I won in 2012. I won three trophies so it was a very good moment for me and I have really fond memories."

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