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Tono Maravilla

Valencia scored our opening goal in our vital 2-0 victory over Blackburn this week and celebrated wildly, something very out of character for our Ecuadorian. He later dedicated his goal to Dragan Miranovic who gave Valencia his big break when he was at El Nacional at the start of his career, who sadly died of a heart attack.

“Dragan, this goal is for you, thanks for your advice and your teaching,” he said. “How sad to learn of the death of Dragan, the distance you send my condolences to his family and friends, sad day for football. Tonight is very sad for me by the death of Dragan, the person who gave me continuity in football and for his great advice.”

Valencia was given his nickname, Tono Maravilla, which means ‘The Marvel Tono’, by Orlando Narvaez, another coach at El Nacional. This was the coach who also gave former Birmingham striker Christian Benitez his nickname ‘Chucho’.

A t-shirt for Valencia, who has been one of our most important players this season, has now been added to the Mancunia Merchandise. In April, the profits from this shirt will go to The Christie.

The t-shirts are available for £8.70 ($13.40) although because they have to be shipped from America, the p&p takes the overall price to around £17 for deliveries to Europe (more on p&p). The shop ships to: UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, Mexico, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, China, Australia, New Zealand, Korea and Japan.

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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. fitz'em'good'n'tight says:

    I was just looking at valencia’s stats from this prem season and they are excellent.

    played 16(4) — goals 4 — assists 13

    In a table of combined goals and assists this puts valencia 10th behind van persie, rooney, adebayor, aguero, bale, silva, ba, dempsey and dzeko.

    Considering valencia has played less games this is an amazing.

    David silva who would be many peoples choice for p.o.t.y. has a similar record but has played more games.

    played 30(3) — goals 5 — assists 14

    In conclusion, valencia is da man!!!!!

  2. fitz'em'good'n'tight says:

    redhound, that is gas!!

  3. RedHound says:

    “Three years of excuses and it’s still crap…ta-ra Fergie.” was displayed at Old Trafford, and many journalists and supporters called for Ferguson to be sacked. Ferguson later described December 1989 as “the darkest period he had ever suffered in the game”, as United ended the decade just outside the relegation zone.

    We all need a reality check once in a while to remind us of where Fergie has dragged the club from. Especially in a year where underachievement in Europe may cause some immature opinions.
    Winning Things in Transition is only done by the very best.

  4. Dazbomber says:

    RedHound- hi mate they seem a bit paranoid , may be the best squad they have ever had is not good enough 20

  5. Mikekelly12 says:

    Somebody has spiked their blue ketchup. This is the team that have been awarded most pens in the Prem. Who managed to beat spurs by a last min pen by a player who should have een sent off. Who salvaged a point at Stoke having gotten away with a pen and a red card from Barry. A team who won the FA Cup due to the fact their ex chairman and fan made up a rule which banned our best player for their semi final!! Deluded?!? Fucking big time!!

  6. CedarsDevil says:


    Morning pal, just saw the email, still pissing myself,who ever made that is a genius…. The picture of the Donkey in the background is classic.

  7. RedHound says:

    Mikekelly, you couldnt make this shit up, they are actually looking foward for some Sheikh Mansour subsidiary to buy the Premier League rights so the tide can shift to them. Some of their conspiracies are so outlandish you would think it was a red trying to wind them up.

  8. CedarsDevil says:

    Sheikhy Baby will give Wankini 500M in the summer on the condition that the bitters win another cup in 5 years, otherwise he will show him the door and walk out on the club

  9. Mikekelly12 says:

    Morning pal. Yeah, but whoever went to all that effort spelt Carroll wrong! Not get everyone else’s email so pass it on will ya.
    My mate (blue) emailed this morning. Said we were a laughing stock in Europe and the reason we are leading the league but were shit in Europe is that domestic refs favour us where as continental refs don’t! Needless to say I sent him some stats and then asked why continental refs had favoured us over the last 4 years as that is surely the only wY we got to 3 finals?! And why the sudden change this year! Not heard back from him !!

  10. CedarsDevil says:


    Did not notice the spelling mistake, the picture just had all my attention ha ha

    Will pass it on to a few

  11. wayne says:

    Not going to dwell on the matter but taking advantage of someone’s death is not cool.

  12. Simon M41 says:

    RedHound, Pete Molley who did the banner is a pal of ours. He is a top lad and still gets the mickey taken out of him for that banner to this very day

  13. Redbilly says:

    Redhound- been in blue moon the last hour , Fucking better than the comedy store . :-)


  14. 0161-Jon says:

    What the is the deal with these shirts coming from America? Surely they can be produced just as cheap here int he UK?!

    Apologies if there is a valid reason for this that i have missed but seems mental to be shipping from the states.

  15. RedScot says:

    Marvelous Idea, well done as normal with the idea Scott, some people don’t read ‘ Wayne’ read it’s for a charity. No profits for Rom.
    I think I migh againt start bringing up the rear in Rom for fun and piss taking. :)

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