Gary Neville hails 'wonderful' Manchester United star during Benfica clash
Antonio Valencia has received praise from Gary Neville (Picture: Getty)

Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville hailed Antonio Valencia during his former side’s win against Benfica, describing him as a ‘wonderful’ right-back.

Valencia, 32, played at right wing in front of Neville before the former England international’s retirement in 2011.

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The Ecuador captain has developed into a full-back in the last two seasons and, despite initially struggling, he’s now one of the finest right-backs in the league.

Valencia helped United to a ninth clean sheet in 12 matches so far this season during their 1-0 win against Benfica on Wednesday.

Gary Neville hails 'wonderful' Manchester United star during Benfica clash
Valencia is now a right-back at Old Trafford (Picture: Getty)

And Neville was quick to take to Twitter during the clash to pile praise on Valencia.

Antonio Valencia has become a wonderful Right Back…

— Gary Neville (@GNev2) October 18, 2017

The 32-year-old then responded following the match, calling Neville a ‘football legend’.

Thank for your kind words! You are a football legend and set a very high standard at that position @GNev2

— Antonio Valencia (@anto_v25) October 18, 2017

United strolled to a 1-0 win thanks to Marcus Rashford’s second half free-kick.

The Red Devils have a 100% record in the Champions League this term and will finish top with a win against Benfica in a fortnight’s time.

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