Sir Alex begins to spend his Cristiano Ronaldo booty!
Manchester United have signed Wigan Athletic winger Antonio Valencia on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.
The 23-year-old Ecuador international is manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s first signing since Cristiano Ronaldo signed for Real Madrid in a £80m transfer.
“Antonio is a player we have admired for some time now, having spent the last two years in the Premier League with Wigan,” said Ferguson.
Valencia’s transfer is reported to have cost United as much as £16m.
“I am sure his pace and ability will make a significant contribution to the team,” added Ferguson.
United have been in contact with Wigan over a deal for Valencia over the last “two to three months”, according to Latics chairman Dave Whelan.
“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,” said Valencia, who scored three goals for Wigan last season. (BBC Sport)
Sir Alex has done some great business with this signing. Whilst it’s true that Valencia can not be considered as a player in the same league as Cristiano Ronaldo he is however a player who can ably fill the gap left by the Portuguese winker and could well grow into a fantastic player at Old Trafford.
Man United will no doubt miss the tricks and skills displayed by Cristiano but they will miss less the pomp and posing that came with it. They won’t be sorry to see the back of his bad attitude and his poor sportsmanship, Luis Antonio seems to be a very down to earth character and apart from anything else his addition to the squad may well give the side more genuine balance and give Wayne Rooney a chance to play as an out and out striker.