ANTONIO Valencia is easing his way into his United career.
The £18m winger notched up his first official Premier League assist for the Reds when he served up the cross for Wayne Rooney's opener at the Ecuadorian's former club Wigan last Saturday.
The 23-year-old beat his marker Maynor Figueroa and immediately distributed an inviting cross to get his United stats off the mark.
Reds boss Sir Alex Ferguson is pleased with Valencia's bedding-in process.
"We see the potential in Antonio, particularly in the training sessions," said Fergie. "He has good stuff to work with. He is quick and he is balanced. He is tough and is a good crosser of the ball.
"He has areas in which he has to develop and we have an idea how to go about that. The lad has a chance.
"Some players have come to the club and taken to it like a duck to water, some need time. He will be all right."
Fergie, however, admits he may have made a mistake by not choosing Valencia in his line-up for the match at Burnley last midweek.
"We maybe should have picked Antonio at Turf Moor," he added.
"I had the Wigan game in mind for him. You don't know how they handle Saturday-Wednesday- Saturday-Wednesday at this club. It is a different kettle of fish.
"Because he was a new player into that we decided to leave him out at Burnley." Wes Brown could be pushing for a recall in United's key Premier League encounter with resurgent Arsenal at Old Trafford on Saturday.
The England star missed Saturday's win at Wigan but came through an hour of last night's reserve-team triumph over Bolton. What do you make of Valencia's start with United? Have your say.