Manchester United midfielder Antonio Valencia will always be grateful to Wigan Athletic for bringing him to England.
United kickoff their preseason fixtures today against Wigan Athletic.
Looking back at his time there, Valencia says that his favourite season was his last.
“It was under Steve Bruce and we were safe from any threat of relegation with about fifteen games to go,” he recalled to MUTV. “It was a good season for Wigan.”
While other South American players may have balked at a move from sunny Spain to a significantly colder climate, it turned out to be a great decision for Valencia. He said it was a “big attraction” to play English football and compete in one of the world’s most popular leagues, while the appeal of Wigan in particular included its size.
“The fact that it was a medium-sized town helped me,” he said. “It meant I could get on and totally focus myself on getting better as a footballer, enjoying my game and improving.”