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Ander Herrera claims Antonio Valencia is the 'world's best right-back' - Twitter reacts

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Antonio Valencia is a fine right-back on his day - but the world's best? Probably not.

Fast, powerful and capable of delivering a wicked cross, the Ecuardorian has seemelessly adapted to the full-back role since Sir Alex Ferguson started deploying him there for Manchester United four years ago.

He's previously voiced a desire to shift back into his preferred position on the wing but, so reliable is he at right-back, it would seem he's there to stay.

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And perhaps that would be best after Ander Herrera boldly claimed Valencia is "the best right-back in the world".

The Spaniard is a big fan of his teammate and believes he's on par with Barcelona legend Dani Alves.

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Herrera told MUTV: "I know him and have always liked the way he plays.

"I know he's not a normal right-back because he used to play as a winger, but I think that, right now, he is the best right-back in the world, maybe with Dani Alves, because I like Dani Alves a lot.

"I think Antonio is one of the best right-backs in the world.

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"When you have a right-back who is quick to defend and he is crossing maybe six or seven times a game, always or almost always successfully, then he understands the football.

"I think he’s going to be very important this season."

Very bold indeed. United fans have since responded to Herrera's claim and, by and large, they're not amused.

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The verdict is unanimous: Valencia is NOT the world's best right-back.

It would seem Jose Mourinho is also a fan of the 31-year-old, though, after praising his performance against Southampton on Friday.

Following United's 2-0 win at Old Trafford, he said: "Luke [Shaw] and Antonio were offensive when they had to be and very good defensively.

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"They always had very good support from our wingers to close down the opponents."

The Red Devils secured a second-consecutive victory in as many games thanks to a brace from summer signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who now has four goals in three games under Mourinho.

United next face in-form Hull City at the KCOM Stadium.

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