Things might not be going well for Manchester United and David Moyes in the Premier League - but on international duty this week the majority of United star’s om duty were on top form.
In fact - even the most out of touch United players seemed to have impressive games for their respective nations last night.
Marouane Fellaini cost Moyes a whopping great sum of £27.5 million in September - following Moyes in the switch from Everton to United.
So far his United career has been fairly uninspiring - struggling to readapt to the deeper role he has always played for Belgium and before becoming an auxiliary forward at Goodison Park.
But in the recent return from injury against Crystal Palace he put in his performance yet in a United shirt - and last night he impressed for Belgium.
He even got on the score-sheet - bagging a trademark header in a 2-2 draw against the Ivory Coast.
And he wasn’t alone in improved performances from United players last night. Antonio Valencia inspired his Ecuador side t a stirring comeback against Australia at The Den. A game which started with a former Moyes favourite making the headlines, with Tim Cahill becoming Australia’s record goal-scorer, finished with a current one the catalyst.
Valencia bagged the assists for Ecuador’s final two goals in a 4-3 win - after being 3-0 down at half-time.
But the fact is Valencia has struggled again this season at United - especially when it comes to his crossing ability.
|Name||Team||Pos||Total Cross||Accurate Cross||Apps||Mins|
|Luis Antonio Valencia||Man Utd||MF||94||17||23||1,616|
Which equates to this lowly percentage of accurate crosses...
|Name||Team||(Accurate Cross / Total Cross) * 100||Apps||Mins|
|Luis Antonio Valencia||Man Utd||18.09||23||1,616|
Understandably then there was some reaction when United fans learned of two of their favourite put down players excellent performances.
Meanwhile, earlier in the day, Shinji Kagawa inspired a rampant first-half performance from Japan - so there is nothing wrong with the talent among this selection of United players.
Perhaps David Moyes has more to answer for than we thought.
Wait. So, Antonio Valencia actually put in a cross which actually reached a teammate, which actually resulted in a goal? Incredible. #MUFC— Keenon Daniels (@SpecialK_2311) March 5, 2014
Ecuador came back from 3-0 down at half time to win 3-4. And of all people, Antonio Valencia provided the assist of the winning goal.— Sophie. (@Sophie_CFC) March 5, 2014
Immense from Antonio Valencia! Fidel Martinez so smart lets the ball go across to find Mendez! To find the game winning goal!— Andrew Bustamante (@AndrewBusta11) March 5, 2014
MVP Antonio Valencia— Christian. (@cejayxclusive) March 5, 2014
Antonio Valencia having a blinder for Ecuador? Fellaini scoring for Belgium?Moyes must be feeling like a mug right now.— Harry Nicholas (@harrynicholas96) March 5, 2014
Antonio Valencia is doing great with Ecuador. They just equalised. Don't know what Rooney/Welbeck/Smalling are doing for England. Not good.— Sam Olufemi (@phemmow) March 5, 2014
Fellaini played brilliant last night for the Belgium National side. For those writing him off he will come good.— Alex ♆ (@RedCityOfficial) March 6, 2014
Fellaini scores and has good game for Belgium. Now watch Moyes keep him on bench and play useless Cleverley instead. Clueless— Moyes 2013-? (@Mark_Champ19ns) March 6, 2014
Fellaini scoring from a in-swinging cross tonight. That's like having every Xmas at once for Moyes. Shame it was for Belgium, not United.— Stretty News (@StrettyNews) March 6, 2014
Fellaini scored a great header last night - could do with returning to his form back at Everton— (@DanFussball) March 6, 2014
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