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Luis Antonio Valencia | Midfielder | #25

Team: Manchester United
Age / DOB:  (31) / 8/4/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 172

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Manchester United have triggered a clause in the contract of right-back Antonio Valencia to extend his contract until the summer of 2018.
Valencia's contract was due to expire in the summer. Valencia, who is now 31, arrived at Old Trafford from Wigan back in 2009 as a winger. He has since been converted to a wing-back by Louis Van Gaal after being introduced to the role by Alex Ferguson. Valencia has been a stalwart for Jose Mourinho since arriving at the club, figuring 26 times for the side. That total is only exceeded by key men Ibra, De Gea and Pogba. Jan 18 - 12:01 AM
Source: BBC Sport

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will be forced to change his defence after Antonio Valencia picked up his first yellow card of the campaign and will now be suspended.

The right back will miss the midweek visit to Selhurst Park in GW16. Hence, the back line of Valencia, Jones, Rojo and Darmian which had coped well in the last four league games will have to be unseated. Luke Shaw may return to the side on the left and force Darmian to be swapped to the right. Elsewhere, Mkhitaryan will have to be replaced and one would presume Carrick will be benched also.
Mon, Dec 12, 2016 08:09:00 AM

Antonio Valencia will spend some time on the sidelines after going under the knife.

Matteo Darmian came in for his first Premier League start of the season after Manchester United confirmed via their official Twitter feed that: ‘Antonio Valencia has a fracture in his arm and will have surgery today. It appears that Valencia may have suffered the injury during the EFL Cup win over fierce rivals City on Wednesday when the right-back was spotted playing in a small protective cast. There was no indication as to the severity of the injury during the build-up to game week ten, and consequently we have no timeline currently on how long he could be out. Chris Smalling [muscular] and Anthony Martial [foot] were also absent against Burnley but United did welcome captain Wayne Rooney back onto bench while youngster Marcus Rashford was passed fit after recovering from a minor thigh injury. Henrikh Mkhitaryan is training with the group but Jose Mourinho feels the player needs more time to settle and build fitness.
Sat, Oct 29, 2016 11:38:00 AM

All of a sudden, Manchester United defenders and goalkeeper David De Gea appear to be toxic assets in fantasy football squads.

Today's 3-1 loss to Watford at Vicarage Road capped off a horrendous week for the Red Devils, who had looked so commanding before the derby only a week ago. However, this week, they have conceded 5 goals while playing near enough full strength sides. Watford's energetic press ruffled the United defence who appeared disorganised. Both Capoue and Zuniga scored from unmarked positions, with Shaw especially out of position in the lead up to the Colombian's strike. Sell up your assets, Liverpool, Leicester and Chelsea await the Red Devils in their next 4.
Source: Sky Sports
Sun, Sep 18, 2016 05:38:00 PM

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho confirmed that the status of three South American players is up in the air for Saturday.

Goalkeeper Sergio Romero and defenders Antonio Valencia and Marcos Rojo won't return from international duty until Friday due to World Cup qualifiers, meaning they are major doubts to face Manchester City in the Manchester derby showdown between Mourinho and Pep Guardiola. Said Mourinho: "It will be a complicated process but we know it is like this when we have these players. And I would love all of the players to go because it would mean that everybody is being selected for their national teams."
Source: Sky Sports
Sun, Sep 4, 2016 06:07:00 PM

Antonio Valencia made a brief return to the pitch last weekend in the win over Everton and will look to expand his participation in Week 33.

The right sided player came on in the 82nd minute for Daley Blind last weekend as Manchester United closed out their victory over the Toffees. With Blind potentially out and United still struggling in the wide defensive areas, it is possible that Valencia will be given a start or at least a meatier substitute role in Week 33. It isn't advisable to count on significant minutes but if you're desperate for a defender in a draft-style league then he might be available and productive.
Source: BBC Sport
Fri, Apr 8, 2016 11:54:00 AM

Antonio Valencia has been training for a week and Louis Van Gaal has stated that he's likely ready for a place on the bench against Liverpool.

The Red Devils got Matteo Darmian back to strengthen the right side of their defense last weekend and it looks like Antonio Valencia will follow in mid-week. After being declared fit at at least some level heading into Week 29, Valencia didn't even earn a place on the bench for the 1-0 loss to West Brom. That should change in mid-week with Valencia having spent more time training and getting closer to match-fit.
Wed, Mar 9, 2016 09:36:00 AM

Valencia, who has been out after foot surgery since early November, has been declared fit and could feature as soon as Week 29 against West Brom.

As with teammate Phil Jones, Antonio Valencia is medically ready to play. The question with both defenders is how eager Louis Van Gaal is to mess with a starting line-up that has been winning. One would never have guessed that there would be a serious conversation about whether to start Guillermo Varela over Valencia but after two strong performances from Varela and with Valencia rusty, the conversation doesn't seem as crazy. Look for LVG to ease Valencia back into the line-up over the next few weeks.
Fri, Mar 4, 2016 11:54:00 AM

While there weren't many details, Louis Van Gaal said that there was a "light at the end of the tunnel" for long term absentees Antonio Valencia and Marcos Rojo.

As soon as it looks like Antonio Valencia might be back for the Red Devils, Matteo Darmian has been playing some of his best football of the year. He was one of United's best players last weekend against Chelsea. The return of Valencia will, at a minimum, create much-needed depth. Valencia's return to the starting line-up, which looked like a certainty as recently as a few weeks ago, is looking less likely with every successive strong outing from Darmian.
Fri, Feb 12, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Antonio Valencia has successfully undergone foot surgery and the Ecuador international is expected to miss the up-to five months.

Valencia picked up an unspecified foot issue during the first half of last months’ Manchester derby but carried on playing until the 81st minute, a decision which is now believed to have exacerbated the problem. Specific details of the foot complaint – and procedure - are still unknown but the 30-year-old could be ruled out until at least April, 2016. Having already lost Luke Shaw – double leg fracture – Louis van Gaal may be forced into the transfer market during the January window with limited options at left-back. Summer acquisition Matteo Darmian will provide cover while Ashley Young is another option but with the United well placed in the Premier League and having already progressed to the next phase of the Champions League, the Dutchman may look for reinforcements.
Thu, Nov 12, 2015 05:15:00 AM

Antonio Valencia is a question mark for the visit of West Bromwich Albion on Saturday as he continues to recover from a foot injury.

With Matteo Darmian out suspended, Valencia would have a clear path to the starting job at right back if he were healthy. If he can't recover from his foot injury in time to start on Saturday then Louis Van Gaal will likely be forced to play a makeshift line-up. For the match with CSKA Moscow in mid-week Van Gaal went with Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind, Chris Smalling, and Ashley Young and those players are all available again with Phil Jones as a possibility as well.
Source: BBC Sport
Fri, Nov 6, 2015 10:36:00 AM

Antonio Valencia will miss his second consecutive match for Manchester United after leaving the Manchester Derby injured.

Presumably the logic in bringing Valencia into the starting line-up for the derby was to use his speed to counter that of Raheem Sterling of Manchester City. The strategy worked to at least some extent as United held Sterling and City without a goal. With a bunch of fast and powerful wings featuring for Crystal Palace this weekend, Valencia might have earned a second start but it won't happen as his foot injury will cause him to miss out. Matteo Darmian will return to the starting eleven and United will have to hope he can keep up with the pace of Bolasie, Zaha and Sako.
Source: BBC Sport
Fri, Oct 30, 2015 09:32:00 AM

Antonio Valencia was injured late in the Manchester Derby and is doubtful for the League Cup match with Middlesbrough on Wednesday.

Valencia made a rare start for Louis Van Gaal on Sunday as the Dutch manager looked to counter Raheem Sterling's speed. It went well in that United held City scoreless for the match. The downside is that Valencia was injured toward the end of the match. His status is doubtful for the mid-week League Cup match and not much has been said about his likely status for Saturday when United face more speedy wingers when they travel to Selhurst Park to face Yannick Bolasie, Bacary Sako, Wilfried Zaha and company.
Tue, Oct 27, 2015 11:12:00 AM

Louis van Gaal made one change from the side which won at Goodison Park in game week nine as Antonio Valencia replaced Matteo Darmian to help combat the pace of Raheem Sterling during Sundays’ Manchester derby.

Valencia was the preferred right-back in the recent Champions League tie in Moscow but while many expected a return for Darmian, Van Gaal had other ideas. The Dutchman opted for the quicker, more versatile Valencia despite the 30-year-old not being an orthodox full-back as his summer acquisition seemingly slips down the pecking order. Darmian was given a torrid time by Alexis Sanchez [Emirates] before he was replaced at the break and although the Italian played at Everton [jet-lag kept Valencia out] a week later, he dropped back to the bench for the next two games. However, Darmian may get his chance in the Capital One cup after Valencia injured his foot midway through the first half of yesterdays’ game.
Mon, Oct 26, 2015 06:33:00 AM

Antonio Valencia, questionable according to Louis Van Gaal's statement yesterday, was deemed fit enough to start against Wolfsburg on Wednesday.

Manchester United started a full strength side featuring De Gea, Darmian, Blind, Smalling, Valencia, Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger, Mata, Rooney, Memphis and Martial in what appears to be LVG's preferred starting eleven (minus the left back spot). Valencia played down the right side of the defense and Matteo Darmian moved across the pitch to deputize for Shaw/Rojo. The news on Valencia is particularly good given the trip to Arsenal on Sunday.
Wed, Sep 30, 2015 03:15:00 PM