Date: 23rd March 2013 at 3:33am
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Tony V and Christian Benitez celebrate against El Salvador.

Tony V and Christian celebrate against El Salvador.

A footballer happily hugs and kisses a team mate after providing him with an assist for a goal, a normal sight every day across the world. Yet at Manchester United, the sight of the same footballer looking anything other than pretty miserable has become something of a rarity.

Antonio Valencia’s lacklustre season has been discussed, dissected and deconstructed more often than a Shakespeare play and I’m not about to regurgitate the same story about the winger’s loss of form, but will note that Valencia doesn’t seem to be remotely enjoying his at United.

Although Tony V hasn’t always been the most expressive individual when it comes to celebrating with his team mates, there have been times this season where he’s looked almost annoyed when United have scored.

Valencia seems a different player for his national side, admittedly against inferior opposition, but much more confident and dare I say HAPPY. In Ecuador’s recent 5-0 win over El Salvador Tony V bagged a hat-trick of assists, only one less than he’s managed in the Premier League this season.

Valencia seems to enjoy playing for his country far more than his club of late, which is understandable considering the pressure he’s under at Trafford, maybe if United enjoy a successful end of season, the Ecuadorian international can use the Summer to try and recharge his batteries and hopefully fall in love with the club game as much as he does the international one again.

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