PHOTO: Manchester United duo swap shirts after international duel

Antonio Valencia

Manchester United duo Robin Van Persie and Antonio Valencia swapped shirts after an international friendly match Saturday.

Manchester United duo Robin Van Persie and Antonio Valencia shared the spoils after Holland and Ecuador played out an entertaining 1-1 draw in an international friendly yesterday.

The international match was a warm-up for this summer’s World Cup in Brazil, and both teams looked in good shape, despite a number of noticeable absentees.

Ecuador took the lead after just nine minutes through Moreila striker Jefferson Montero, though a moment of magic from Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie levelled things up before half-time - in typical fashion, the 30-year-old expertly controlled a long-ball on his chest before powerfully volleying it first time passed the helpless Maximo Banguera in the Ecuador net.

The second-half was very much of a stop / start affair due to the number of substitutes, but the performance from both teams remained at a high level.

Manchester United winger Valencia had good reason to put on a decent display, as soon-to-be Manchester United coach Louis Van Gaal was in the dugout in his current role as manager of the Dutch national team.

It hasn’t been the best season for Valencia as the 28-year-old managed just 20 Premier League starts during Manchester United's disappointing campaign. Van Persie, however, spent much of the season on the side-lines with injury, but his prowess in-front of goal remained impressive as he notched up 12 Premier League goals in just 18 starts.

 

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