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Antonio Valencia

28-Year-Old Midfielder/Defender     Manchester United  Premier


Ecuador

Birthdate:  August 4, 1985    Birthplace:  Lago Agrio, Ecuador    Nationality:  Ecuador    Height:  5' 11"    Weight:  172 lbs    

June 21, 2014    Antonio Valencia News

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Valencia signed a three-year contract extension Saturday that will keep him at Manchester United until June 2018, the club's official web site reports.

Valencia has scored 21 goals in 191 appearances and was a steady member of the starting XI last season. It's unclear what his role will be under new manager Louis van Gaal, but a regular role on the bench would be surprising.

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Antonio Valencia: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

March 30, 2014

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Valencia was held out of Saturday's Premier League match against Aston Villa due to a bout of knee tendinitis, the club's official web site reports.

Manager David Moyes mentioned that he might have used Valencia as a full back after Rafael fell victim to a knock before halftime. United are in a full injury crisis ahead of Tuesday's Champions League match against Bayern Munich.

March 20, 2014

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Valencia was left with one eye partially closed after a clash of heads early in Wednesday's Champions League victory over Olympiakos, reports the Daily Mail.

The midfielder soldiered on in the match, and wasn't substituted until only 15 minutes remained. His performance through the injury was remarkable, and one example of the determination the side showed to turn in a victory on Wednesday. The large lump should diminish, and we wouldn't expect him to miss any time, especially considering Valencia nearly finished the entire match.

January 11, 2014

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Valencia scored in the 47th minute of Manchester United's 2-0 win over Swansea City on Saturday.

Valencia is an active member of the Man U attack, but he doesn't accumulate much in terms of fantasy points. He has two goals and two assists in 18 appearances this year, and with solid play, he'll keep his spot in the starting XI moving forward.

December 30, 2013

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Valencia will be available for Wednesday's Premier League match against Tottenham after serving his one-game ban for picking up two yellow cards on Boxing Day against Hull City, the Manchester Evening News reports.

Valencia will likely be back in the starting XI on New Year's Day against a Spurs side that has really opened up offensively since Andre Villas-Boas was sacked.

December 26, 2013

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Valencia will miss the weekend's match against Norwich after picking up two yellow cards in Thursday's match against Hull City.

The midfielder's first yellow card was enough to earn him a suspension for the upcoming weekend, being his fifth of the season, but a moment of indiscretion saw him kick the ball out and earn a second yellow. He was sent off in the 90th minute and will be suspended as a result.

November 27, 2013

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Valencia set off Manchester United's goal stampede on Wednesday, putting home the first of the side's five goals against Bayer Leverkusen.

The winger looked much like he used to, sending in dangerous crosses and following up errant shots. Wednesday's goal came from his relentless pursuit of the ball, putting home a deflection to get United rolling for the night.

October 9, 2013

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Valencia has made six appearances for Manchester United so far this season, scoring once, and providing two assists.

The winger had a difficult 2012-2013 season, but has been offered more opportunity this year under manager David Moyes. Valencia has provided 30 crosses in those six matches, which was where he was most useful when he was at his best for the club. As he gets more playing time these statistics should get even better.