Antonio Valencia insists he is happy playing anywhere for Manchester United, as long as it means he is getting a game in the first-team.

The 26-year-old Ecuadorian international has found himself playing in an unfamiliar right-back role for Sir Alex Ferguson's side in recent weeks, acting as cover during an apparent injury crisis in defence.

Valencia says he has no problems at all filling in at the back, and the midfielder - who was brought to Old Trafford as an out-and-out winger, now has a new-found respect for the defensive position, believing the experience has added another string to his bow.

"I've played at right-back a few times and I've enjoyed the position," he told United's official website. "I respect regular players in that position as they pick up quite a few knocks.


 

"But I have also played back on the wing this season and I'm happy anywhere on the field. I hope to be ready and to play well when the boss calls me."

His performances have received praise from the Red Devils boss, who sees Valencia as something of a utility man, with the ability to also play in central midfield.

"There's a natural instinct in him to help out and defend," Ferguson told Inside United. "Of course, we know all about Antonio's qualities as an attacker, but he's so quick and so powerful that he's also suited to a full-back role.

"He's incredibly difficult to beat if you're trying to get around him. We also see him as an option in the centre of midfield. He's very disciplined and able to carry out any instruction we give him."

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