Speaking to United Review the Ecuadorian noted:
“They’ll always have a special place in my heart.
“I came here from abroad and I was taken in as one of the family from the first day.
“It was a real special group of players that we had in those few seasons there, and it was great to be a part of. I have only have gratitude and fond memories of my time there. I still speak regularly with Maynor Figueroa, who is a close friend of mine.
“I do look out for their scores. I know at the minute they’re by no means out of danger, but they’re working hard and they’ve picked up some decent results recently and let’s hope they can get up there and be fighting for ninth or tenth place.”
Valencia won’t be letting sentiment get in the way of securing United victory on Boxing day though.
“Of course not,” he said. “We’re professionals and we know that all that goes out of the window and the result is the main thing. The main thing is that United keep on picking up points and building momentum.”
Valencia has been in superb form of late, which has culminated in a the rejuvenation of Wayne Rooney who always seems to benefit when the winger is at the top of his game.
lets hope this continues tomorrow, despite Valencia’s respect for his former employees.