Nemanja Vidic: I love this Man United player, he’s so honest

The former Manchester United captain heaps praise on Antonio Valencia following his strong form this season

Ander Herrera and Antonio Valencia Photo: Antonio Valencia/Instagram

Nemanja Vidic has named Manchester United defender Antonio Valencia as one of his favourite players.

The Ecuador international is one of Manchester United’s longest-serving players after the versatile defender moved to Old Trafford from Wigan Athletic in 2009.

Valencia won two Premier League titles, the EFL Cup and the FA Cup alongside Vidic before the former Manchester United captain left for Inter Milan in 2014.

The South American has scored 22 goals in 283 appearances in all competitions during an eight-year stay at Old Trafford.

New Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has continued to utilise the winger come defender despite Valencia entering the twilight of his career.

Speaking to the club’s website about his former team-mate, former Manchester United skipper Vidic lifted the lid on his great respect for Valencia.

“I love Valencia and I have to say he was one of my favourite players because he is honest and always gives his best. He is good on the ball, strong and fast and he can play in different positions so he is a great player,” Valencia said.

“I hope he will play for many more years on the level he is at now especially after the injury he had. It’s not easy to come back after that so that shows his character and the spirit he has. He has played many games this season and has been consistent and is a good player. He is one of the strongest players. He has both speed and strength, so it is not easy to play against him.”

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Manchester United are in fifth place in the Premier League table and four points behind fourth-placed Manchester City in the race to secure a place in next season’s Champions League competition.

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