Herrera: "Valencia Is One Of The Best Right-Backs In The World"

High praise from the Spaniard...


United midfielder Ander Herrera has been singing the praises of teammate Antonio Valencia. 

The Ecuadorian has put in some impressive performances at the beginning of the season as the Old Trafford club have made a positive start to life under José Mourinho. 

Now in his eighth season at United, 31-year-old Valencia has evolved from a winger into a right-back and his progress hasn't gone unnoticed by Herrera:

“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.

“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. When I have the ball, I know that Antonio’s always ready to receive it, always to give you one solution.

“I think he’s going to be very important this season. He has already been very important for the club, he has already been here eight years, but I think I told you at the end of the last season something good is being cooked and everyone wants to be part of that.”

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James Fenton

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