Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has revealed just how happy he is that Antonio Valencia has finally made his way back from injury.
Ecuadorian international Valencia was one of Rooney’s main source of assists last season but has been out for six months after badly damaging his ankle earlier in the season against Rangers.
The 25 year-old returned for the first time against Arsenal in United’s 2-0 FA Cup quarter final win and looked to be straight back to his best.
England striker Rooney said, “I can’t tell you how good it is to see him back out there.
“It was Antonio’s first game back after six months out and he looked like he’d never been away.
“It’s fantastic for him and fantastic for us to have him back and playing the way he did.”
United now face local rivals Manchester City in their Wembley semi final and Rooney is desperate to win the trophy for the first time.
He said, “I am desperate to win the FA Cup. It’s got great history and I remember watching it as a young kid.
“To lose two finals was devastating so it’s a great chance now for us to go on and win it this season.”
Rooney also spoke about which team would be fitter for the title challenge, an Arsenal team now only fighting for the league, or his United side who are still on course for a treble.
“You don’t know how they’ll respond,” he added. “It’s obviously been a tough 10 days to go out of three competitions.
“We know they will be fresh for the Premier League games now and won’t have to focus on other competitions.
“In some ways it’s good for them, but if they want to win trophies it’s not so good.”