Valencia happy to defend
Manchester United's new defensive option Antonio Valencia insists he is happy playing anywhere for Sir Alex Ferguson.
Last Updated: 06/10/11 2:31pm
Manchester United's new defensive option Antonio Valencia insists he is happy playing anywhere for manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
The Ecuador international was signed from Wigan Athletic as a winger, although he has since added more strings to his bow.
Valencia has been asked to fill in at right-back this season and he admits he has a new-found respect for the position.
The 26-year-old has no preference where he plays for the Red Devils, stating he is just happy playing for the club.
"I've played at right-back a few times and I've enjoyed the position," he told United's official website.
"I respect regular players in that position as they pick up quite a few knocks.
"But I have also played back on the wing this season and I'm happy anywhere on the field.
"I hope to be ready and to play well when the boss calls me."
Ferguson has been pleased with Valencia's displays at right-back, although he also believes he can operate in central midfield as well.
"There's a natural instinct in him to help out and defend," the Reds boss told Inside United.
"Of course, we know all about Antonio's qualities as an attacker, but he's so quick and so powerful that he's also suited to a full-back role.
"He's incredibly difficult to beat if you're trying to get around him.
"We also see him as an option in the centre of midfield. He's very disciplined and able to carry out any instruction we give him."