5. Antonio Valencia
The Ecuadorian wide-man joined Manchester United in 2009 and has made over 200 appearances for the Red Devils. However the winger turned right-back is often overlooked when it comes to recognition.
Valencia has won 2 League Titles, 2 League Cups, 1 FA Cup and the Community Shield twice with United. The 31-year old was also named Manchester United’s Player of the Year in 2011-12, which led to him being given United’s coveted Number 7 shirt.
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However after a poor season, he reverted back to his old number 25 shirt. Valencia returned back stronger in the subsequent seasons and continued to perform consistently for the club. Valencia is currently enjoying an impressive season under Jose Mourinho.
His form at right-back led to his manager calling him the best right-back in the world in January. Valencia has been one of United’s best players this season. With an average WhoScored rating of 7.27, the Ecuadorian is certainly proving his manager right.
Valencia has been one of United’s biggest threats down the right flank this season. The Ecuadorian is solid defensively and never stops running. And even at 31, he is showing no signs of stopping any time soon. Valencia is back to his very best and it is high time that he gets some credit from the media for his performances.