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- Antonio Valencia announced his retirement this week and Man United had an excellent return on the £16m they paid Wigan.

UK Valencia's commitment to Man United was never greater than under Mourinho last minute news


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- Antonio Valencia announced his retirement this week and Man United had an excellent return on the £16m they paid Wigan.

UK Valencia's commitment to Man United was never greater than under Mourinho last minute news
15 May 2021 - 05:16

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Antonio Valencia is still due a Manchester United testimonial but two years after his final appearance for the club Valencia will not be tying his boots on again. Valencia's message to United supporters announcing his retirement has been retweeted over 17,000 times and, on Instagram, David de Gea, Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Javier Hernandez, Daley Blind, and Timothy Fosu-Mensah were among the former teammates to post paeans. Jose Mourinho commented on Valencia's post: "Antonio a pleasure to work with you and I wish you all the best. You have been a champion and I only have good memories of my captain... 3 cups that you have raised cannot be removed. big hug. JM." The three winner's medals Valencia collected in 2016-17 came in his standout campaign for United. He was only beaten to the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award by Ander Herrera's infectious personality, a fellow Spanish-speaker whom engaged with United supporters in English. Valencia uttered barely a dozen words in English during his decade with United and Rio Ferdinand this week described him as 'painfully shy'. Valencia did his talking on the pitch. Like all of the Latinos in at United, Valencia enjoyed a positive rapport with Mourinho that elicited an upturn in form. Mourinho mistakenly appointed Valencia captain in the summer of 2018 and a week later rebuked the Ecuadorian for indulging in 'too much holiday' when he unloaded in Ann Arbor. Retrospectively, Mourinho is more sympathetic towards Valencia's circumstances. Read More Related Articles Exclusive: United holding talks with Raphael Varane amid possible transfer Read More Related Articles United have no excuse but to hit their transfer window target He was restricted to eight starts in his final season and sources say Valencia was 'dead'. He had no cartilage on his knee and playing had become too painful. Valencia still accepted injections to dull the pain and play. Mourinho regards him as one of the 'top boys' he managed at United, a player synonymous with a season of silverware.

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. Valencia was a starter in all four aforementioned finals and took the man of the match award in the 2010 League Cup final. Valencia with the man of the match trophy after the 2010 League Cup final His crossing, often maddening, directly or indirectly led to Wayne Rooney's winner that day against Aston Villa, as well as Jesse Lingard's against Crystal Palace in 2016. Zlatan Ibrahimovic converted a Valencia centre in Mourinho's first match in charge against Leicester in the Community Shield. Sir Alex Ferguson first trialled Valencia at right-back at Stoke in 2011, stung by his 'frozen' performance in the Champions League final surrender to Barcelona. Louis van Gaal converted Valencia to full-time full-back in 2015, a by-product of the abandoned back three experiment. Read More Related Articles United are no closer to solving their two Europa League final selection dilemmas Read More Related Articles Risky United tactic will be put to the test when fans return to Old Trafford Valencia carried too much muscle to ever be regarded as one of the continent's leading modern right-backs yet few opponents had the measure of him. Alexis Sanchez, in his pomp, seldom troubled Valencia and a tackle on Roberto Firmino at The Kop was celebrated by the United Twitter account. A lithe winger when he arrived at the club in 2009, Valencia's style was comparable with Andrei Kanchelskis: shift, run and cross. His unlikely partnership with Rooney was worthy of a buddy cop film and little wonder Rooney dedicated a standalone post to Valencia on his social channels this week. Valencia initially recovered impressively from a broken leg against Rangers in September 2010 but the Wembley final schooling by Barcelona was a significant setback. He accepted the Sir Matt Busby statue for 2011-12, owing to a prolonged purple patch, yet Ferguson dropped him for the decisive title surrender at City. The curse of the number seven started with the obsolete Michael Owen and continued with Valencia in Ferguson's final season. He requested a return to 25 under David Moyes in 2013 and was one of the first of Ed Woodward's inexplicable contract renewals in 2014, signed off in between Moyes' sacking and Van Gaal's appointment. View this post on Instagram Instagram Valencia was an unusual choice of captain for Mourinho. His public attempt to rally the team amid the fraught start to 2018-19 with a huddle before the goalless draw with Valencia was undermined by his liking an Instagram post deriding Mourinho. He played just four more times for the club, his final touch endangering spectators in the Stretford End. Those who shielded from the ball would rather remember Valencia having Bayern Munich's Holger Badstuber on toast, the howitzer against Everton and breakthrough at Ewood Park in 2012. The shot was saveable but it sparked delirium among 7,000 away-dayers in the Darwen End, convinced United were going to win the league. Read More Related Articles United have been sent an indirect transfer window warning by Liverpool

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