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Manchester United must drop Antonio Valencia

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Valencia is a one-trick pony (©GettyImages)
Valencia is a one-trick pony (©GettyImages).

He was supposed to be the replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo.

Antonio Valencia was signed from Wigan after the beloved Portuguese international left for the Spanish capital and since then Valencia has been the epitome of a consistent winger.

Valencia was presented the player of the year award for Manchester United after the 2011/12 season for his fine performances that year.

It seemed as if Valencia would go on to shine as a Manchester United winger, having even been granted the number seven jersey the following season.

However, it has been far from that for the Ecuadorian international. He has drifted in and out of form and has been largely disappointing since being given the player of the year award.

He has since been stripped of the number seven jersey, and David Moyes should strip Valencia of a starting role in the Manchester United line up.

Valencia used to be a dynamic winger who frightened opposing left backs, but now he is a one trick pony. All he can do is go to his right foot, and all he can put in is one kind of cross, a low and drilled ball that rarely makes it past the first defender.

Valencia always goes to his right side, it is as inevitable as the sun rising tomorrow morning. He has absolutely no left foot, and despite being showed onto the inside Valencia forces his way to the right side and runs into a big wall of left back where he is stopped and loses the ball.

Although, sometimes he does get lucky and beats the left back, in which time he puts in a low drilled cross that is easily cleared away by the first defender.

Put simply, Valencia is not the dynamic winger he used to be. His pace is wasted, his crosses are poor, and his left foot is comical (and his right is not doing much better). Valencia's form is not anywhere near what it was when he won the player of the year award back in the 2011/12 season.

This is why Moyes needs to drop the Ecuadorian international. Players like Adnan Januzaj, Shinji Kagawa, and Luis Nani are better fit to play the role that Valencia has done so poorly in at the beginning of this season. They provide more dynamic play, better movement off the ball, and quality deliveries in the final third.

Until Valencia regains his form a spot on the bench should be reserved in his name as he is not putting in the performances that are required by Manchester United wingers.

He is just not good enough to be starting for the reigning Champions.

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