Ferguson delighted with Valencia

Sir Alex Ferguson hailed the impact Antonio Valencia has made at Manchester United after the Old Trafford new boy set up both goals in last night's 2-0 win over Valencia.

At £17m, Valencia has been Ferguson's most expensive recruit during a relatively quiet summer.

His introduction to United ranks was delayed due to work permit problems but the former Wigan man is making up for lost time in his quest to fill the void created by the world-record exit of Cristiano Ronaldo.

"It was a very exciting performance," said Ferguson.

"It was a real winger's effort. He showed great speed, power and balance.

"Coming to our club he has immediately taken on the challenge and we are very pleased with what we have seen from him so far."

Valencia provided the right-wing cross that Wayne Rooney headed home seven minutes after the interval and, from a similar position, presented 19-year-old Tom Cleverley with the chance to show Ferguson what he can do with a neat finish late on to end the Primera Division outfit's hopes of snatching something from an entertaining encounter.

Ferguson has confirmed Cleverley may be set for another spell away from United after spending time on loan with Leicester last term.

However, Michael Owen is very much a Manchester United player after receiving a warm welcome from the Red Devils faithful.

Owen also had a chance to impress watching England coach Fabio Capello last night.

The Italian overlooked him throughout last season, citing lack of fitness and poor form as the reasons.

Owen has remained healthy in seven games since his surprise capture by Ferguson, only to fluff his lines in front of Capello, wasting a series of glorious chances - the best of which was provided by Rooney.

While it could be argued merely getting in position to score was a plus, whether Capello will be as easily won over remains to be seen.

However, Ferguson was delighted with the striker's effort.

"It would have been nice for Michael to score - he deserved one," said the Scot.

"He probably should have had four. He showed marvellous movement at times and when he took that great pass from Wayne Rooney, he put the ball over the keeper but just past the post."

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

How to stop an asteroid hitting Earth: Would people co-operate to face down a global peril?

How to stop an asteroid hitting Earth

Would people cooperate to face a global peril?
Just one day to find €1.6bn: Greece edges nearer euro exit

One day to find €1.6bn

Greece is edging inexorably towards an exit from the euro
New 'Iron Man' augmented reality technology could help surgeons and firefighters, say scientists

'Iron Man' augmented reality technology could become reality

Holographic projections would provide extra information on objects in a person's visual field in real time
Sugary drinks 'are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year'

Sugary drinks are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year

The drinks that should be eliminated from people's diets
Pride of Place: Historians map out untold LGBT histories of locations throughout UK

Historians map out untold LGBT histories

Public are being asked to help improve the map
Lionel, Patti, Burt and The Who rock Glasto

Lionel, Patti, Burt and The Who rock Glasto

This was the year of 24-carat Golden Oldies
Paris Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week

Thom Browne's scarecrows offer a rare beacon in commercial offerings
A year of the caliphate:

Isis, a year of the caliphate

Who can defeat the so-called 'Islamic State' – and how?
Marks and Spencer: Can a new team of designers put the spark back into the high-street brand?

Marks and Spencer

Can a new team of designers put the spark back into the high-street brand?
'We haven't invaded France': Italy's Prime Minister 'reclaims' Europe's highest peak

'We haven't invaded France'

Italy's Prime Minister 'reclaims' Europe's highest peak
Isis in Kobani: Why we ignore the worst of the massacres

Why do we ignore the worst of the massacres?

The West’s determination not to offend its Sunni allies helps Isis and puts us all at risk, says Patrick Cockburn
7/7 bombings 10 years on: Four emergency workers who saved lives recall the shocking day that 52 people were killed

Remembering 7/7 ten years on

Four emergency workers recall their memories of that day – and reveal how it's affected them ever since
Humans: Are the scientists developing robots in danger of replicating the hit Channel 4 drama?

They’re here to help

We want robots to do our drudge work, and to look enough like us for comfort. But are the scientists developing artificial intelligence in danger of replicating the TV drama Humans?
Time to lay these myths about the Deep South to rest

Time to lay these myths about the Deep South to rest

'Heritage' is a loaded word in the Dixie, but the Charleston killings show how dangerous it is to cling to a deadly past, says Rupert Cornwell
What exactly does 'one' mean? Court of Appeal passes judgement on thorny mathematical issue

What exactly does 'one' mean?

Court of Appeal passes judgement on thorny mathematical issue