‘Man United’s Antonio Valencia can be the difference in title race’
Sir Alex Ferguson says Antonio Valencia's display in Manchester United's 5-0 victory shows how important the winger is
Sir Alex Ferguson believes Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia could provide the Red Devils with the extra bit of quality needed to pip Manchester City to the Premier League title.
The 26-year-old produced a match-winning display against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux on Sunday, scoring United’s second goal and setting up Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernández.
Ferguson was delighted by the Ecuadorian’s impact after returning from a hamstring injury – and the Red Devils boss believes Valencia can play a key role in helping United retain the title.
“It’s great to see him back and I thought he had Wolves on the back foot all the time,” Ferguson told United’s website.
“He scored a terrific second, set up the third for Danny Welbeck and the fifth for Hernández so he’s had a great afternoon.
“His return could be very important because his form before he got his injury was outstanding. Now he’s back, we hope he stays fit because he’s a real threat.
“He’s such an honest, hard-working player – he can tackle, run with the ball, beat a man, cross the ball. He’s got everything really and he works so hard for the team which is very important.”