Valencia earns Ferguson praise after scoring on debut

29 July 2009 09:49
Ecuadorian winger Antonio Valencia scored on his Manchester United debut in a 2-1 win over Boca Juniors on Wednesday.[LNB] "I think he will figure in many games," said United manager Alex Ferguson after the friendly, part of a four-team tournament in Munich that also includes Bayern Munich and AC Milan.[LNB] "It was his first game. For his first game, we are very satisfied," he told reporters.[LNB] Valencia, who joined from Wigan Athletic as a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, scored United's second goal in the 42nd minute with a powerful shot that slipped under keeper Roberto Abbondanzieri after he had slipped past two defenders.[LNB] "He is a good athlete, has good power and running ability, as we saw today with the way he created a good goal," said Ferguson.[LNB] "Maybe it was a mistake by the goalkeeper, but he created the opportunity and opened up spaces for himself."[LNB] United play Bayern on Thursday after the Germans defeated AC Milan 4-1.[LNB] (Writing by Karolos Grohmann, Editing by Justin Palmer)

Source: Eurosport