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02nd Sep 2016

Manchester United star up for Player of the Month but can’t even make own club’s nominations

What a farce

Conan Doherty

He’s been one of the best players in the league so far this season, but he hasn’t been one of United’s top three. According to United anyway.

Someone at dropped the ball.

Antonio Valencia is one of four men nominated for the Premier League Player of the Month August award – and rightly so – but he hasn’t made the cut in his own team’s list. He’s been highlighted as his side’s best contender and one of the whole division’s best performers, but he’s not rated as highly at Old Trafford.

The right back has been in flying form this season. Jose Mourinho’s men have won all three league games and picked up a Community Shield trophy in the mix and their Ecuadorian defender has been integral to the team’s two clean sheets in the last two weeks as well as being one of their most dangerous attacking threats down the right.

Fittingly, his athleticism, delivery (for Ibrahimovic mostly) and consistency thus far are being recognised – outside of United at least.

Valencia is one of four nominations up for the EA Sports Player of the Month gong, along with Hull’s and Chelsea’s finest. And a Manchester City player.

Premier League Player of the Month

Antonio Valencia
Eden Hazard
Curtis Davies
Raheem Sterling


If only his own club appreciated him like the rest of the league does.

Manchester United, meanwhile, are running their own Player of the Month competition and Valencia is nowhere to be seen.

They’ve actually gone with two other defenders, never mind three more players from the same team. But these men have made the cut in their eyes ahead of the South American.

Manchester United Player of the Month

Eric Bailly
Daley Blind
Zlatan Ibrahimovic

And it’s not like they’re unaware of Valencia’s feats.


There’s no changing some people’s minds though.

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