As we prepare to face one United old boy in Wayne Rooney tonight, another ex-Red Devil is showing he has still got it too.

Antonio Valencia called it quits on more than decade in English football last summer when he returned to his homeland in Ecuador.

He was signed in 2009 by United, having joined Wigan in 2006. Valencia went on to win two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, and a Europa League.

Now he is bidding to win another illustrious trophy to his collection, the Copa Libertadores.

Antonio Valencia poses after being decorated by Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno with the National Order of Merit for his professional sport career( CRISTINA VEGA/AFP via Getty Images)

There is a long way to go, but Valencia’s side LDU Quito are off to an impressive start.

Last night they pulled off an almighty upset, stunning 2018 winners and 2019 finalists River Plate, beating the Argentines 3-0.

It was a group stage game, the first, so there is plenty of work for Valencia and co. to do yet, but it’s a great start. LDU Quito last won the trophy back in 2008.

Quality still shines

Valencia’s versatility prolonged his career at United as he moved from winger to right-back.

 

Last night for his new club he was playing in central midfield, as part of a double-pivot in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

He has played in this position before for Ecuador, although United did not really consider him for a central role.

One of the aspects of Valencia’s game which always stood out was his fitness, and this will no doubt be helping him to star in central midfield even at the age of 34.

In total he has played 27 games for Quito, scoring once, proving three assists.

While his time at United was clearly up, it’s good to see him enjoying his football and still doing well for himself.

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