Manchester United: Deal Agreed

Manchester United may not do a better deal in January than the one which has tied down Antonio Valencia to an extra year at the club.

Sky Sports reports:

Antonio Valencia will remain at Manchester United for a further year after the club activated a clause in his contract.

The Ecuadorian international has been at Manchester United since way back in 2009 and has seen more changes than most. He’s now on his fourth manager at the club and was signed by Sir Alex Ferguson as a replacement for the departing Cristiano Ronaldo.

He never quite lived up to that expectation and over the years his ability to beat his man has diminished almost with each passing month.

But he’s always been an extremely hard-working and athletic player who gives everything for the team. His move back to the defence in the right back position has saved his Manchester United career.

But even in that position he was unspectacular until Jose Mourinho got hold of him. The season has probably been his best at the club in terms of consistency and he once more has the confidence to take his man on and get to the byline to put decent crosses in. Too often in the past he hasn’t been able to beat the first man.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah has been showing great promise in the youth teams and has been on the periphery of the first team this season. But Mourinho will possibly add another right back over the coming transfer windows.

Meantime, Valencia will continue to be regarded as a highly trustworthy defender for Manchester United.