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PICTURE: Valencia Back In A Wigan Shirt

Antonio Valencia was in Honduras last week helping former Wigan team mate, Wilson Palacios, with the opening of a sports complex, along with Maynor Figueroa.

“He had two years at Wigan when we arrived,” said Palacios. “We have a very good relationship with Figueroa. He is a good friend and supported us when we were new, so I invited him to thank him. When I was at Wigan Valencia was more than a team mate, he was like a brother.”

Valencia echoed Palacios’ sentiments and claimed there was no way he would miss being there.

“I am delighted to be here in Honduras, a beautiful country, and to share with my friend Wilson this important moment for him and his family,” said Valencia. “When Wilson asked me not hesitate. I told him ‘I’ll be there, I want to know your country’.”

Palacios explained why he wanted to develop a sports complex in his home country.

“When I started playing football I did not have a place to play,” said Palacios. “It is a dream come true to build a complex that will benefit all children. We would also like to further focus on developing more youngsters here.”

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204 Comments

  1. wayne says:

    To blame 2 lost titles on not signing players is just silly,losing by the one point to Rent boys Utd got a lot of bad calls in key games otherwise Utd would have won the league.Last year can’t remember having so many injuries in one season,imo would have won the league going away with a half fit team for any length of time.Signing new players guarantee’s fuck all,lot of big money flops out there
    This is what i can’t get my head around it’s impossible to judge this squad on last season,just Vidic staying fit would have won Utd the league and already some fans questioning Tom C you have to give players a chance,Anderson also had a tough time with injuries,started the season promising yet by some been sent to the scrap heap,not saying he’s the answer but
    Very few players can just slide back into a team and produce without game time

  2. Gentle says:

    Pls stop negative prayers here. Wait until fletcher meets his Dr next month before you drive to a conclusion that he will never return. We boast to have one of the best academy yet we find it hard to trust our youngsters. If we are to sign a mid fielder then we must sell so as to give room for the reserve players to come in. The issue of most of our reserve players having one year or no contract before tying them down Is a bad idea(fryers petrucci pogba blacket etc). We want to spend millions on a LB while we have fryers, Pogba case could have been avoided if he was on a long term contract.) Vermijl has 1 year left and may be next summer we loose him for nothing, a very exciting player going forward and defends well

  3. fergie is the boss says:

    Ancha – whatever, that is fact the lack of signings cost united the league title, if united did not bring scholes back, united’s midfield would have been carrick and giggs, cannot you not see the problem

    . In 2010 united relied on rooney that season to score the goals, when he got injured the goals dried up, and it cost united the league, why? because united were playing 433, without rooney playing that frontman, berbatov could not do that role, so united became toothless and disjointed.

    2012, watch the last month of the season, wigan overrun the midfield, what was our midfield in the last month? carrick scholes and giggs, you telling me that did not cost united the league, no legs, the age of the 3 you add up of 108 years old.

    LOL I am going over the line, just because I think, in my opinion if we do not strengthen the midfield, it will not be enough to challenge for the CL and the PL. If you opened your eyes and see the problems united may face yet again

  4. fergie is the boss says:

    wayne – anderson is always injured, and we all knew about the problems anderson brings, when was the last time he not only stayed fit all season, but performed to the standards united expect

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