The long awaited return of Antonio Valencia


Last season, Antonio Valencia was voted Manchester United’s Supporters and Players’ Player for 2011/12 and rightly so. Despite injury setbacks early in the campaign he became a vital part of the first-team and an explosive exponent of United’s attacking play. If he wasn’t terrorising left-backs, he was putting in a shift as an auxiliary right-back and some of United’s best moments were through the Ecuadorian.
This season he has regressed; instead of taking on his man and beating him for sheer pace he seems to shy away, check back and pass on the buck. The aggressive, powerful running and ability simply to cross the ball into a dangerous area all seem to have deserted him – what has happened?
There could be a number of factors at play. It could be an unde...

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