Antonio Valencia names Rafael da Silva as quickest and fittest teammate

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Manchester United star Antonio Valencia has named Brazilian ace Rafael da Silva as his fittest and quickest teammate at Old Trafford. 

As reported by the club's official site, the Ecuadorian, who enjoyed a solid campaign at Old Trafford, answered a number of questions, including the best passer he's played alongside and against. 

Unsurprisingly, Valencia named Scholes as the best passer he has played with, while he admitted that Liverpool hero Steven Gerrard has been the best passer he has played against. 

It's Rafael, though, who he has named as both the fittest and quickest player at the Theatre of Dreams despite the player's struggles this term.

Rafael, of course, has endured a torrid season under the guidance of Louis van Gaal after failing to maintain his fitness throughout the course of the campaign.

Right-back dilemma

In truth, Rafael seems to be fighting for his Manchester United future after a season to forget. It's far from certain as to whether the club's hierarchy will look to move him on in the upcoming transfer window, but it may well be hard for him to turn his Old Trafford career around. 

Valencia, on the other hand, has taken over from Rafael as the club's No.1 right-back, but he, too, will be looking over his shoulder, as Van Gaal could yet enter the transfer window to bring a new right-back to the club this summer. 

At the end of the day, despite some fine performances from Valencia, it's clear that the club could upgrade on the Ecuadorian, who may well become more of a squad player in the 2015/16 campaign.

He may well even look to prove himself further up the field once again. It certainly looks set to be an interesting season for both Valencia and Rafael. 

Manchester United fans: Who do you expect to be your club's No.1 right-back next season? Have your say in the comments section below! 

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