Summer recruit Antonio Valencia is improving fast, says Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson. The former Wigan Athletic right-winger, recruited for more than £16 million, has now scored six times in an increasingly prosperous season. It is already the Ecuadorian’s highest scoring campaign in European football.
“Antonio is improving, there is no question about that,” said Ferguson of the winger who has appeared 19 times this season.
“He was only a quiet lad when he came but he is more expansive now and he is expressing himself on the pitch very well.
“Six goals is a decent return because we know it is an area he can do better in. Overall we are really pleased with him.”
Valencia scored United’s third goal in the club’s victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Old Trafford Wednesday night, in addition to strikes against CSKA Moscow, West Ham United and Bolton Wanderers.
The unassuming 24-year-old, handed the unenviable task of replacing Cristiano Ronaldo at United, is winning over both fans and manager with increasingly influential performances for the club.
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