Van Gaal’s ‘modern’ wing-backs

Ashley Young Antonio Valencia

Deploying a ‘wrong-footed’ winger is no longer a radical concept – in fact it is now fully mainstream. Wingers cut inside, vacate space for full-backs to run into, enabling attacking teams to get more bodies into the middle whilst retaining some width. Even lowly Sunderland regularly use inverted wingers these days. More interesting, perhaps, is a […]

Time for Fergie’s policy to bear fruit

Antonio Valencia

The loss of Antonio Valencia to an horrific double-whammy leg break and ankle dislocation threatens to severely impact Sir Alex Ferguson’s team. Valencia has been one of Manchester United’s brightest attacking threats in the year since his £16 million transfer from Wigan Athletic, and a significant contributor to Wayne Rooney’s goal-glut. United confirmed severity of Valencia’s […]

Valencia has op, may miss pre-season

Antonio Valencia

Antonio Valencia, fresh from an outstanding first season at Manchester United, has endured the surgeon’s knife in a bid to cure an ankle problem. The Ecuadorian, who missed the final two games of the season, returned to his homeland to start a two month long rehabilitation programme before returning to Old Trafford in June. With […]