OFFICIAL: Manchester United sign Antonio Valencia from Wigan

30 06 2009

Valencia

The Red Devils welcome Antonio Valencia from Wigan.  The Ecuadorian international winger is the first signing by Ferguson this summer, with the 23-year old being signed for an undisclosed fee rumored to be around £16m.

As Ferguson attempts to fill the gap left by Ronaldo, it appears that a restructuring of tactics may be in order.  Valencia offers incredible pace and an uncanny ability to stretch a defense to the byline, both of which will be crucial.  These are aspects of the game that were going to be sorely missed with the departure of Ronaldo.  Now Ferguson knows that he will not be able to replace Ronaldo in one fell swoop, but there are elements that can be captured player by player.  This is one of those major pieces.

Valencia said: “Joining Manchester United is a dream come true for me. I have enjoyed my time at Wigan, but I am thrilled to have the chance to challenge for the biggest honours in club football here.  Playing in front of 76,000 fans alongside players like Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand and Ryan Giggs will be an amazing experience. I can’t wait to get started.”

I can’t wait for you to get started either, because that means football is back on.

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