Valencia brushes off Ron comparisons

Antonio Valencia has brushed off the recent comparisons between himself and former Manchester United ace Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Ecuador winger, who moved to Old Trafford after the sale of Ronaldo to Real Madrid in the summer, has been in sparkling form recently.

His performance in the Carling Cup final landed him the man of the match award as he set up the winning goal for Wayne Rooney.

But while some say his displays have been reminiscent of Ronaldo’s time at United, Valencia insists that the comparisons are not warranted.

"Cristiano is a superstar and I’m Valencia, a footballer learning each day," he told The Sun.

"I don’t desire comparisons with him as we are different players. And while I’m happy with my work in the team, I know every day I must fight for my place.

"It’s not easy to get into this starting XI here – but this is my challenge."

The former Wigan wideman said his Carling Cup final man of the match award was not warranted, instead diverting the praise towards his team-mates.

However, the 24-year-old does think that he is currently in the best form of his career, something he believes is down to the confidence of United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

"I’m enjoying my best moments as a pro. I always dreamed of being at a big club and to win titles. Now I can fulfil those dreams at United," Valencia said.

"Sincerely, I didn’t deserve to be man of the match in the Carling Cup final as the success was down to all the team.

"But that day will always be in my head. I’m very happy.

He added: "I’m here because of Mr Ferguson. The coach insisted he wanted me and that came as a surprise to me.

"From the first moment I joined, he was clear with me. He explained why United needed me.

"The key to my good form is I receive the coach’s confidence.

"From afar the image of Mr Ferguson appears different to the one that actually exists. "Some people believe that he does not connect with the players but, really, he is very open and gives you a chance."