Manchester U 2 Arsenal 0

Sir Alex Ferguson

Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Ar­senal 0, Old Traf­ford, Eng­lish FA Cup Quart­er-Fi­nal, Mar­ch 12, 2011. An­tonio Va­lencia made his come­back from in­jury in Man­chester United´s 2-0 FA Cup Quart­er-Fi­nal win over Ar­senal af­ter suf­fer­ing a dev­ast­at­ing break to his left ankle in a goal­less Cham­pi­ons Lea­gue Group Sta­ge draw ag­ainst Ran­gers on the 14th of Septem­ber 2010.

An­tonio Va­lencia entered the field as a re­place­ment for fel­low So­uth Amer­ic­an Fa­bio da Silva in the 46th min­ute of the en­counter wi­th old rivals Ar­senal and the twenty-five-year-old wing back had a bril­liant ga­me ag­ainst The Gun­ners. Fol­low­ing the vic­tory over the North Lon­doners, Va­lencia was on the re­ceiv­ing end of some spe­cial praise from Man­chester Uni­ted boss Sir Al­ex Fer­guson. Sir Al­ex Fer­guson: “It was a fant­ast­ic bo­nus to get forty-five min­utes from An­tonio Va­lencia on Sat­urday. It was fant­ast­ic step for­ward con­sid­er­ing he has be­en out for such a long time. The ques­tion is wheth­er we can play him from the start, or con­tin­ue as he did on Sat­urday as a sub­sti­tute. It is a great di­lemma, a great se­lec­tion poser for me. It is good to have it. We missed him in the run-in last sea­son too and the fact that he is avail­able is a great boost for us.“ Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Ed­win van der Sar, Pat­rice Ev­ra, Fa­bio da Silva, Chris Small­ing, Wes­ley Bro­wn, Ne­manja Vid­ic, Ra­fael da Silva, John O’Shea, Dar­ron Gib­son, Way­ne Roo­ney, Javi­er Her­nandez. Sub­stitutes: An­tonio Va­lencia, Ry­an Gig­gs, Paul Scho­les, Gab­riel Ober­tan, Di­m­it­ar Ber­batov, Joshua King, To­masz Kusz­czak. Ar­senal Te­am: Manuel Almunia, Lau­rent Kos­cielny, Bakary Sagna, Jo­hann Djour­ou, Kier­an Gibbs, Denilson de Oli­veira, Abou Diaby, Samir Nasri, Jack Wil­shere, An­drei Ar­shav­in, Robin van Per­sie. Sub­stitutes: Em­manuel Eboue, Se­bas­tien Squil­laci, To­mas Rosicky, Gael Clichy, Aar­on Ram­sey, Mar­ou­ane Cha­makh, Ja­mes Shea.

 

Antonio Valencia Quickfacts

An­tonio Va­lencia joi­ned Man­chester Uni­ted from Wi­gan Ath­let­ic for a fee of £16 mil­lion at the start of the 2009-10 cam­paign and made his com­pet­it­ive de­but for the te­am as a sec­ond ha­lf sub­sti­tute for Lu­is Nani in a 2–2 draw to Chel­sea at Wemb­ley in the Com­munity Shield on the 9th of Au­gust 2009.

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