Antonio Valencia has proved a worthy successor to Ronaldo, says Fergie
Published 22:30 29/12/09 By David McDonnell
Sir Alex Ferguson believes that Manchester United - just one point worse off than they were at this stage last season - have shown they can cope without former star player Cristiano Ronaldo.
And Fergie said Antonio Valencia, who faces his former club Wigan tonight, has proved himself a worthy successor to Ronaldo, despite not possessing the same goal threat.
"It was inevitable Ronaldo was going to leave at some point," said Fergie. "But I think we've adjusted fairly well to it.
"Valencia has done very well. His development is very good. The good thing about him is that he's as tough as boots, really tough.
"He can see it out, he's got great stamina and great speed. He's a different type of player to Cristiano but the lad's done very well.
"I think a lot of people were looking at us losing Ronaldo as being crucial and that we wouldn't be nearly as good.
"But there's only a one point difference in the league, so we've replaced in that position reasonably well.
"Valencia's a quiet, shy boy. I don't find, in a personality sense, that he'd be interested in trying to out-match Cristiano.
"But as you can seen in his performance level, he's unaffected by the position he's playing."