Does Manchester United player deserve a new contract?

Antonio Valencia

Manchester United are reportedly set to open new contract talks with Antonio Valencia.

It was surprising when Nani signed a new long-term contract with the club in the summer, and now fellow winger Antonio Valencia also looks set to commit his long term future.

The Ecuador international's current contract runs out in 2015, and Ed Woodward is looking to tie down Valencia on a new contract. The Daily Mirror suggests they want to sort things out as soon as possible to avoid losing him on the cheap. Valencia is one of the lower wage earners at the club, but he will be looking for an improvement on his deal to bring him in line with Nani.

David Moyes was full of praises for Antonio Valencia's performance against Aston Villa at the weekend, but is he really good enough to grant an extension on his current contract? Granted he is a hard worker, but can often have little impact on a game. United need big performers at the moment, with Moyes' side looking ineffective in many games this season, especially when it comes to creativity. Valencia, Nani and Ashley Young all have great potential to win games, but can also be extremely frustrating.

In my opinion it is an area they should look to improve. Wilfried Zaha is probably the long-term replacement on the wings, but Moyes has given him limited time on the pitch so far. It seems Valencia is trusted at Old Trafford and as he is on a relatively low wage, they might as well keep him on board for the next few years. He is a good squad player and it could mean Ashley Young could be moved on at the end of the season.

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