Manchester United are, for the most part, a team brimming with youthful exuberance. However, many of the squad’s more experienced players have proven vital this term.
Michael Carrick’s stability has allowed Paul Pogba to shine, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been phenomenal (at times) and Antonio Valencia has been arguably their most consistent performer.
The club are set to extend the Swede’s contract, Jose Mourinho revealed before Christmas and today it’s the turn of Valencia with the club announcing they have triggered a clause in the former Wigan man’s contract, keeping him at the club until the summer of 2018.
The Ecuadorian has been at the club since arriving at the club in 2009 from the Latics. He operated on the wing in his early years at the club and was even handed the coveted the number seven by Sir Alex Ferguson, only to produce his worst season at the club while donning it.
He’s been forced to adapt his game to a full-back role in recent years and, under Mourinho in particular, has been excellent.
Antonio Valencia has completed more take-ons (154) and won more tackles (200) in the league than any other Man Utd player since 2012/13. https://t.co/L88AYE0GgX
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) January 17, 2017
Valencia was class today and has been all season #MUNLIV
— Stewart (@Becoming_Zlatan) January 15, 2017
Rory Murphy, Pundit Arena