1 Jul 2009

United make first signing since Ronaldo's departure

7:44 am on 1 July 2009

The English Premier League football champions Manchester United have signed Ecuadorian winger Antonio Valencia from Wigan Athletic on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

The 23-year-old Valencia, who has played 34 times for his country, joined United as a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo who has agreed to move to Real Madrid for a world record transfer fee.

Valencia is United manager Alex Ferguson's first signing since the end of last season, reportedly costing around $43 million.

The Ecuadorian notched up 89 appearances, scoring seven times, after joining Wigan from Spanish club Villarreal in 2006.