UK time is: 06:00:06
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

United Complete Valencia Transfer

Antonio Valencia is Manchester United's first summer signing: the winger has signed a four-year contract at Old Trafford after United agreed an undisclosed fee - thought to be around Ł16million - with Wigan Athletic.

"Joining Manchester United is a dream come true for me,' he told the official website.

'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."


Sir Alex Ferguson: "Antonio is a player we have admired for some time now, having spent the last two years in the Premier League with Wigan. I am sure his pace and ability will make a significant contribution to the team."

So be it. Welcome to Manchester United, Antonio!




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



For the very latest Premier League odds

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday June 30 2009

Time: 7:23PM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
typical of you lot - spend, spend, spend!
merlin
Report Abuse
30/06/2009 19:29:00

This is great news! Our style of play will definitely change for next year and this is good imo
ForeverUnited
Report Abuse
30/06/2009 19:41:00

Seven goals in 89 games? I won't say anything...
Aamir
Report Abuse
30/06/2009 19:50:00

Again.... to all you knobheads, he's not a direct Ronaldo replacement! There is NO Ronaldo replacement out there! We lost a winger in Ronaldo and we're replacing him with another winger. Nothing more! Besides what was Ronaldo's scoring like at Sporting? He came to a great club and he became a top scorer. I'm not saying Valencia will be the next Ronaldo but there is no reason why he can't contribute his fair share of goals.
ForeverUnited
Report Abuse
30/06/2009 20:05:00

"Besides what was Ronaldo's scoring like at Sporting?" Better than Valencia's at Wigan, knobhead.
Aamir
Report Abuse
30/06/2009 20:15:00

Wigan is not a club where wingers or midfielders can deliever lots of goals.. Their main goalscorer had only 8 goals and the second - only 3.. Aamir, what about 35 mln pound Xabi Alonso who provided helluva goals(19 in 199 mathes in top-club, interesting)..
Leonax
Report Abuse
30/06/2009 20:29:00

But Xabi's job is not to score goals, it's to provide goals. It's like criticising Wayne Rooney for not saving any penalties last season! Valencia's job is to provide goals as well as chip in with a fair amount.
Aamir
Report Abuse
30/06/2009 21:27:00

Aamir, yes, Valencia isn't bought to provide lots of goals - his main task will be to deliver ball to Rooney, Berbatov and Benzema(i hope).. He is not ronaldo, he is only another talented winger(not World's best player)..
Leonax
Report Abuse
30/06/2009 21:32:00

he will give is natural width, anyone that cant see that he is a great singing then they are fools. and if anyone thinks we will try to replace ronaldo with a goalscoring winger is also a fool as that is impossible. with Valencia i think we can play a proper 4-4-2 now, we dont need to sacrifice rooney. ronaldo leaing will make us a better force as a team as we wont have gaps which ronaldo left when we didnt have the ball
Reddevils4ever89
Report Abuse
30/06/2009 22:42:00

but we do need to sign a striker now, benzema would be ideal. tall, strong, fast and can head the ball and has an INCREDIBLE potential
Reddevils4ever89
Report Abuse
30/06/2009 22:43:00

Leonax, I think Valencia is a good player. Overrated but good nonetheless. My initial comment was aimed at FU who seems to have some sort of superiority complex. By the way, when I wrote "Valencia's job is to provide goals as well as chip in with a fair amount.", I meant to write "Valencia's job is to create goals as well as chip in with a fair amount." :)
Aamir
Report Abuse
30/06/2009 22:59:00

All I can say after watching Antonio week in and week out is that you have got one hell of a player, 100% effort EVERY game and bags of pace, he might just step up to the mantle and his game could explode and the 16 million might be considered a bargain in a couple of years
worbo
Report Abuse
30/06/2009 23:14:00

Good player, but I don't really see the point of you lot buying him. Great potential but nothing better then Nani in my opinion.
Klutch
Report Abuse
01/07/2009 00:33:00

Aamir - Superiority complex? By telling you he's not Ronaldo's replacement? That makes me superior then I'm glad!
ForeverUnited
Report Abuse
01/07/2009 02:46:00

Right, FU, if you say so...
Aamir
Report Abuse
01/07/2009 13:04:00

K.Benzima seems like heading to real circus,no problems lets try for fabiano,he had a good tournament.
abmtd
Report Abuse
01/07/2009 13:52:00

If I make a joke about signing an entire football club, will anyone laugh?
Tosswink
Report Abuse
01/07/2009 15:56:00

Fabiano seems a bit hit and miss for me. Had a really good season for Sevilla two seasons ago but hasn't hit those heights before or since. But at the same time, seems to possess all the attributes we're looking for. Personally, I'd like to see a cheeky punt for Marcus Berg. He seems to be a very natural goal poacher like huntelaar, comfortable with both feet but has the pace, vision and technique that huntelaar lacks. I'd rather Fergie put up 10M for him now and let him flop, than let Spurs sign him and then spend 30M on him in two years if he turns out to be good. I can't see any reason why berg has less chance of suceeding in the premier league than Huntelaar, Fabiano or Gignac - or even Benzema (afterall, Ligue 1 is not exactly the greatest league).
tuscan3000
Report Abuse
01/07/2009 16:15:00

ribery or messi would easy be a ronaldo replacment ForeverUnited so there
lathamwafc
Report Abuse
01/07/2009 20:44:00

lathamwafc - No they won't. Ribery won't get you Ronaldo's goals and as good as Messi is, he wont find it easier in the prem at all! So there.....
ForeverUnited
Report Abuse
02/07/2009 15:57:00

he is a decent player...but in my mind he will never be good enough to represent united he is not a class player....though i would love to be proven wrong on this... I do hope nani improves as i think he has some tremendous talent he just needs to mature a bit
ibrahiy
Report Abuse
02/07/2009 22:14:00

Messi better than Ronaldo
lathamwafc
Report Abuse
31/08/2009 00:49:00

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Manchester United Articles

Is He Coming Back? (Thursday February 26 2015)

Blackett Pens New Contract (Thursday February 26 2015)

United Losing Pereira? (Thursday February 26 2015)

Old Trafford Still Scary? (Thursday February 26 2015)

Another Central Defender Linked (Thursday February 26 2015)

Sack Van Gaal? (Wednesday February 25 2015)

United - Best Defender So Far (Wednesday February 25 2015)

De Gea Exit Fears Eased! (Wednesday February 25 2015)

Substance Over Style? (Wednesday February 25 2015)

Archived Manchester United Articles

List All Vital United Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

Vital Members League (view all)

1. TheFamousNo7 100
2. MotorMad 65
3. Kanchelskis 2
4. jeorge@57 1
5. Egbele01 1

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Chelsea 26 18 6 2 34 60
2. Man City 26 16 7 3 31 55
3. Arsenal 26 14 6 6 20 48
4. Man Utd 26 13 8 5 18 47
5. Southampton 26 14 4 8 19 46
6. Liverpool 26 13 6 7 9 45
7. Spurs 26 13 5 8 5 44

Breaking League News

Everton : 26/02/2015 22:07:00
Pulis - Safety First Then We'll Take Stock
WBA : 26/02/2015 20:27:00
Allardyce Looks Ahead to Palace Game
West Ham : 26/02/2015 17:42:00
Noble Pens New Contract
West Ham : 26/02/2015 17:27:00
Audio - Allardyce on 2022 World Cup Scheduling
West Ham : 26/02/2015 17:19:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

United v Sunderland?
Suggested By:  Red Boy
Home Win! 100%
Away Win! 0%
Draw! 0%