Fans react on Twitter as Manchester United duds Fellaini and Valencia shine on national duty

Antonio Valencia

Manchester United duo Marouane Fellaini and Antonio Valencia were both in cracking form last night for their respective nations.

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.

NameTeamPosTotal CrossAccurate CrossAppsMins
Luis Antonio Valencia Man Utd MF 94 17 23 1,616

Which equates to this lowly percentage of accurate crosses...

NameTeam(Accurate Cross / Total Cross) * 100AppsMins
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.

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