Valencia named Players' & Fans' player of the season at Manchester United awards

The Ecuador international's effort against Blackburn Rovers in April was also voted Goal of the Season on a busy night for the 26-year-old former Wigan Athletic winger
Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia has picked up the three main prizes at the club's end of season awards dinner at Old Trafford.

The 26-year-old was named as United's Players' Player of the Year and also picked up the Fans' Player of the Season award as voted for on the club's website, while his strike against Blackburn Rovers in April was announced as Goal of the Season.

And the Ecuadorian admitted his achievements would go some way to cushioning the blow of losing the Premier League title to rivals Manchester City on Sunday.  

"I am very happy to receive all three awards," said Valencia.

"After last night, the longest night of my life, I will take heart from this.

"There should be 20 of these awards because all of my team-mates deserve one. I'd like to thank them and to thank my fans at home in Ecuador and Manchester United fans everywhere."

Valencia collected his collected his players' prize from Sir Alex Ferguson after he received the most votes from first-team squad members.

"It's great that they've put their trust in me," he said. "I'm very pleased that I have their support.

"It was tough not being able to go away and do a proper pre-season with the lads. But as the season went on, I managed to pick up and my fitness improved, and as a squad we've put in a good performance."

Sir Alex also praised the winger, stating: "The form he's produced this season since coming back from injury has been amazing. He's a great professional and he has the qualities we love in our game. I think that's why the other players have given him this award.

"The most remarkable thing is the way he's come back from his injuries. He's a really good human being."

Valencia received 37 per cent of votes cast on the club's official website to scoop the fan's award. Wayne Rooney finished as runner-up with 24 per cent and veteran Paul Scholes came third on 12 per cent.