Twitter reacts to Manchester United captain Antonio Valencia's announcement of departure at the end of the season
It was just a couple of hours that Antonio Valencia posted a heartfelt goodbye message to all United supporters and his fans, on his social media accounts, and the Twitterati were quick to react and bid the United defender farewell from the Theatre of Dreams.
In his last press conference, a couple of days ago, caretaker United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer commented on Valencia's injury, and his future by saying, "At the moment, he is injured and I'm not sure if the club and Antonio [Valencia] will agree on next year."
Valencia posted this message on Twitter:
Valencia, who is originally from Ecuador, was the first ever non-European player at Manchester United to play 300 games for the English giants and won 6 competitive trophies during his stint with the club.
Some fans recognized his years of service for their club, and want him to end his United career by lifting a trophy.
Valencia is recovering from his injury back in his home country Ecuador and is expecting to return to England soon so that he can contribute to the team before the end of this season.
United fellow defender Eric Bailly made a hilarious comment expressing his affection towards Valencia.
Fans of other smaller Premier League clubs see the non-renewal of Valencia's contract at United as a lucrative opportunity to sign up the defender for their club on a free transfer.
As the defender vacates his position as the club captain, some have already decided on who their next captain could be.
United would be looking to replace Valencia with another full back this summer, for sure.
Some fans have also started deciding other European clubs which could suit Valencia well.
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The past decade has been tough for Manchester United as many club legends and loyal servants have departed, including Sir Alex Ferguson, Wayne Rooney, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and now Antonio Valencia.
But the club still stands strong, and there is no doubt that even if after an end of a successful era, big European clubs still fear to travel to Old Trafford.
It is a true fact that no player or manager is bigger than the club.