​Manchester United captain Antonio Valencia revealed a brilliant gesture from former manager Sir Alex Ferguson.


The winger turned right-back is set to leave the Manchester club after a glittering decade. Having joined from Wigan Athletic in 2009, he has won two ​Premier League titles, both under Sir Alex Ferguson, and a host of other trophies, including the Europa League in 2017 under Jose Mourinho. 


However, the Ecuadorian's career did not get off to the best of starts. He suffered a broken leg in a ​Champions League group stage game in 2010/11 against Rangers, early in the season. 



In my second season, I suffered a broken leg against Rangers in the Champions League. Badly broken,” Valencia said. I had my operation and then just two days later I’d been discharged from hospital and was at home resting."


“The doorbell rang. My partner answered the door and there was Sir Alex Ferguson and a team official offering me all their support, telling me to not worry. "Stay calm and concentrate on recovering fully. We’ll be waiting for you."


“For me this was a really important show of support. An incredible reaction. I was back six months later and I played in the Champions League final.”


Current United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave Valencia a farewell by introducing him for the final stages against Cardiff on Sunday.