Friday, July 3, 2009

MANCHESTER UNITED's 1st Official Signing

As most of you know. Manchester United signed Antonio Valencia from Wigan earlier this week. I don't really know much about this guy but from the little I have researched he seems to be a good footballer. As far as Im concerned I don't feel he is the right man to replace Cristiano Ronaldo's boots but I feel he might be a contender. I only watched one of his matches and that was against MANCHESTER UNITED. Then I was like mehn who is this guy (cuz he is quite skillful). I believe with time he will make it.

Antonio Valencia has more than 30 caps for his country, Including one in the 1-0 defeat to England in the 2006 World Cup (I remember him from that game I just didn't know who he was then). His performance at the tournament earned him a nomination for FIFA's Best Young Player award and raized eyebrows among Europe's to bosses. It was Wigan Boss Paul Jewell, however who won the race for his signature and he arrived at the JJB Stadium on loan that year, having previously enjoyed stints in Spain at Recreative Huelva (loan) and Villarreal.

In his three seasons at Wigan, Valencia made 83 apperances, scoring seven times ( I know its quite low but I'm sure that would double if not triple at Man Utd). One of his most memorable games actually came against United in January 2009, when he ran riot on the right wing in the Latics' (Wigan) 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford.

Steve Bruce, who spent two years managing Valencia at Wigan, regards him as one of the most exciting prospects in the English game. His pace and ability to go past a man and reach the byline were key to Wigan's rise