4 Tackles and 6 interceptions, but Antonio Valencia struggles in Manchester United defeat

Antonio Valencia

Antonio Valencia largely disappointed as Manchester United suffered a 1-0 defeat to rivals Manchester City.

Champions Manchester City continued their recent derby dominance with a 1-0 Premier League win over 10-man Manchester United on Sunday.

Manuel Pellegrini's men took control after the interval as Sergio Aguero grabbed the decisive goal.

The Argentine international's effort condemned the Red Devils to a fourth successive league loss to their rivals, while ensuring Louis van Gaal experienced defeat in his maiden derby clash. 

With first team choice Rafael ruled out through injury, the United chief was forced to deploy Ecuador international Antonio Valencia at full-back. 

The winger-turned-right-back looked uncomfortable for large periods against the Premier League champions. 

  MatchKey PassesCrossesPass AccuracyDribblesTacklesInterceptClearTouchesMins
Antonio Valencia Man City vs Man Utd 1 2 82% 2 3 6 5 94 90

His natural inclination to attack left gaps at the back in the early stages, but the Red Devils reduction to 10 men saw him focus more on his defensive duties.

He made four tackles, six interceptions - a match best - and five clearances throughout 90 minutes. Nonetheless, he couldn't prevent City's opener, with the move coming down his flank.

Despite his desire to push forward and attack, he offered little in the final third and ultimately his efforts were in vain. He fashioned one key pass and found success in two dribbles, but his only two crosses from the right flank were both inaccurate. 

The statistics make for impressive reading, but unfortunately Valencia was below-par in this clash. He will find himself partly at fault for Sergio Aguero's eventual match winner, while his poor positioning left holes for the opposition to exploit.

Louis van Gaal will praying for a speedy return for first-team regular Rafael. 

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