Michael Carrick praises Antonio Valencia

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick sings the praises of Antonio Valencia.

“Antonio is a pure athlete,” said the midfielder. “He is immense. It is the work he does that doesn’t get noticed, things like carrying the ball up the pitch for 30 or 40 yards when you have been defending.

“He takes you up the pitch and defenders just back up because they know about his pace. If he can go down the line, then he is pretty hard to catch. He is a great team player and, when you are playing with him, you certainly appreciate that he is on your team.”

Great praise indeed from a player who knows what qualities are needed in the modern game.