London, Mar 6(ANI): Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia's impressive start to life at Old Trafford has already yielded one winner's medal, seven goals and numerous assists, but he insists that he does not desire to be compared with Cristiano Ronaldo.
Valencia has come of age succeeding right-wing spot held so famously by David Beckham and Ronaldo, and was also voted Man of the Match in last Sunday's Carling Cup triumph over Aston Villa.
The Ecuador star was bought to replace the 80 million pound Ronaldo, so the comparisons will never be far away, but Valencia said: "Cristiano is a superstar and I'm Valencia, a footballer learning each day. I don't desire comparisons with him as we are different players." "And while I'm happy with my work in the team, I know every day I must fight for my place. It's not easy to get into the starting XI here, but this is my challenge," The Sun quoted Valencia, as saying.
Valencia further said that he was responding to the confidence which United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has in him.
"I'm here because of Ferguson. The coach insisted he wanted me and that really came as a surprise to me. From the first moment I joined, he was clear with me. He explained why United needed me. The key to my good form is I receive the coach's confidence," Valencia said.
"I'm enjoying my best moments as a pro. I always dreamed of being at a big club and to win titles. Now I can fulfil those dreams at United. Sincerely, I didn't deserve to be Man of the Match in the Carling Cup final as the success was down to all the team. But that day at Wembley will always be in my head. I'm very happy," he added. (ANI)