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Valencia has been a stalwart in the United defence.

Gary Neville's tweet about Antonio Valencia gets the approval of United fans

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Manchester United have enjoyed a storming start to their season and after narrowly seeing off Benfica in Portugal, remain unbeaten so far.

With the likes of new signing Romelu Lukaku firing an all cylinders, United set the early pace in the league before being reigned in by neighbours Manchester City.

A dreary affair away to Liverpool saw the Red Devils drop points for only the second time this season as Jose Mourinho, who was missing some of his first choice midfielders, chose to sit back and try hit Liverpool late on.

While credit for United's fine start has largely been lumped on the shoulders of the likes of Lukaku, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba before his injury, Man United legend Gary Neville was quick to single out Antonio Valencia during the side's European tie in Portugal.

Gary Neville is someone who knows a thing or two about being a right back having made over 600 appearances for United in the same position.

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In fact, since Neville's retirement, Valencia has been a fixture in the United starting line-up, even taking on the captain's armband in the absence of Michael Carrick. 

The 32-year-old has been an integral part of a formidable defence that has shipped just three goals in all competitions since the beginning of the season.

Since signing from Wigan in 2009, Valencia has made 296 league appearances for the Red Devils, scoring 22 goals while registering 45 assists but it seems the Ecuadorian stalwart is only just reaching his peak under Jose Mourinho's tutelage.

If the responses to Neville's tweet are anything to go by, Valencia is quite the fan favourite around Old Trafford after many clammered to agree with Neville's praise for the right back.

A lot of love for the skipper then!

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