Date: 19th March 2009 at 3:15pm
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Papers claim that United are certain to sign Wigan winger Antonio Valencia in the summer. The pacy player excelled at Old Trafford in January and has been linked with United since a long time. Steve Bruce had admitted earlier that the lure of United would be too great for his players.

Even though Ronaldo stated more often that not that he wished to stay at United next season, I’m not convinced. After all, in Moscow he vowed to stay put then spent the summer trying to engineer a move to Real Madrid. It would not be a surprise if he left this season, especially as his influence has been reduced and it looks like Fergie is preparing the team for life without him.

However, is Fergie sure that Valencia is an adequate replacement? The rumours linking us with David Silva and Franck RibĂ©ry were much more reassuring… of course we haven’t yet signed Valencia and haven’t yet sold Ronaldo so it’s all hypothetical… But remote it may be, the idea of replacing Cristiano Ronaldo with Antonio Valencia makes me slightly uncomfortable.