Manchester United’s end of season run-in has received a timely boost with the return to fitness of Antonio Valencia.
With the Red Devils challenging for trophies on three domestic and European fronts, Sir Alex Ferguson’s squad will be pushed to the limit as they look to continue their momentum right until the end of the season.
After suffering a serious ankle injury in a Champions League tie against Rangers last September, Valencia faced a lengthy spell on the sidelines, much to the dismay of the Manchester United players and fans alike.
Since his £16million transfer from Wigan Athletic to Old Trafford, the Ecuadorian international had been a revelation for Manchester United, and everybody will be hoping that Valencia can rediscover the fine form he showed prior to injury.
After an extended period of rehabilitation the 25-year-old midfielder made his long awaited return in United’s FA Cup victory over Arsenal, and also impressed in the recent Champions League fixtures against Marseille.
"He’s showed in the parts of the games he’s played so far why we’ve missed him," enthused Sir Alex.
"He’s a fantastic footballer and he came on at the right time against Marseille."
In their continued trophy pursuit, Manchester United will be thankful that Valencia’s services can once again be called upon, with his undoubted ability to create something out of nothing, he lives up to his reputation as a ‘game-changer’.
"I think Antonio’s ability to get to the dead ball line is a big advantage to us," continued Ferguson.
"So it’s a big plus point. Having Antonio back is a big boost for us."