Matt Le Tissier: What frustrates me about Man United star

The Southampton legend admits he finds Manchester United defender Antonio Valencia a frustrating player

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Manchester United defender Antonio Valencia Photo: The Sport Review

Matt Le Tissier admits he finds Antonio Valencia’s inability to cross the ball and find a Manchester United team-mate “frustrating”.

The Ecuador international has established himself as a key part of the Manchester United team under Jose Mourinho after reverting from right wing to right full-back over the past 24 months or so.

Valencia has often been heralded as one of Manchester United most-consistent players and has even been talked up as one of the Premier League’s best right-backs.

The 32-year-old was named Manchester United’s player of the month for September following a series of influential performances from the full-back in the Premier League.

Valencia has scored one goal in nine appearances in the Premier League so far, while he has started one game in the Champions League as the Red Devils ease through the group stage.

But former Southampton midfielder Le Tissier believes Valencia needs to improve his crossing ability as the retired midfielder highlighted one weakness in the Manchester United defender’s game.

“Antonio Valencia frustrates me with the way he thinks he can cross through people, smashing the ball with his head down,” Le Tissier told Sky Sports.

Manchester United suffered a surprise 2-1 loss to promoted side Huddersfield Town at John Smith’s Stadium last weekend to raise serious questions about their title credentials.

The Red Devils are five points behind leaders Manchester City after a two-game winless run.

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