Ferguson backs Valencia to shine

29 July 2009 10:19
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson believes new signing Antonio Valencia will have a big influence on his side next season.The Ecuador winger, 23, who signed from Wigan for about £16m this summer, scored on his debut in United's 2-1 win against Boca Juniors in a friendly. [LNB]"I think he'll figure in many games," said the United manager. [LNB]"He is a good athlete, has good power and running ability, as we saw with the way he created a good goal." [LNB]Valencia scored 42 minutes into his first game for United in a pre-season tournament in Germany. [LNB][LNB] What will Valencia bring to United? The midfielder picked up the ball from striker Wayne Rooney, skipped past two Boca defenders before firing a shot from the edge of the area that squirmed under Roberto Abbondanzieri's body and in. [LNB]Many believe Valencia will be groomed as a replacement for midfielder Cristiano Ronaldo, who moved to Real Madrid for a world record £80m fee last month. [LNB]However, Valencia scored just seven times in 83 games for the Latics and Ferguson is looking for that record to improve. [LNB]"We know that when you look at his record at Wigan it is not good in terms of goals," added Ferguson. [LNB]"He knows that too, but when we assess the individual parts of his game, his athleticism and the power in his shooting, then why should he not score more goals? [LNB]"Maybe the way we play will give him more opportunities to score so therefore we expect more goals from him." [LNB]Meanwhile, Anderson gave United the lead against Boca in the four-team tournament at Bayern Munich's Allianz Arena, scoring with a free-kick from outside the right-hand corner of the penalty area. [LNB]Federico Insua reduced the deficit in the second half when he volleyed in Gary Medel's right-wing cross.

Source: BBC_Sport