2. Antonio Valencia
Antonio Valencia was once known as the best crosser that the Premier League has to offer. Man United’s fall from grace has a lot to do with their main wingers performing poorly. Out of all three primary wingers that United have- Valencia, Nani and Young, the Ecuador International has been the vital cog for the Red Devils’ offence, feeding deliveries to their centre forwards.
Valencia’s failure along with the inconsistencies of Nani and Young meant that Man United were stuck with a philosophy without the players to carry it out.
But in the recent Champions’ League performances against Olympiakos and Bayern Munich, Valencia seems to have picked his game up and has played with heart and desire to perform at a high level. His tracking back and marking of his full back was often missing in the major part of the season, which allowed opposite full- backs to overlap him way too often, as highlighted by Alexander Kolarov causing all sorts of problems at Etihad Stadium against the Red Devils. But then, in those two Champions League games, we saw Valencia work hard in defence as well, something which utilises his athleticism to the fullest.