Antonio Valencia just scored a goal of the season contender
He almost took the net off.
Manchester United got off to the best possible start against Everton with a truly phenomenal goal.
Antonio Valencia tore up the pitch from right-back to meet a left-footed Nemanja Matic cross, on the half-volley, from outside the area.
And while it’s still only September, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see this one in contention for goal of the season come the end of the year.
To put it in context, here’s where Valencia was when he caught the ball – sending it skewing past Jordan Pickford in the Toffees goal.
Antonio Valencia is unbeaten in the previous 20 PL matches in which he has scored for Man Utd & Wigan, winning 19 pic.twitter.com/7cxOAyOgcx— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) September 17, 2017
It’s fair to say his teammates appreciated it.
And immediately everyone had the same reaction. Awe.
STRIKEEEEEEEEEEEE @anto_v25— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) September 17, 2017
Wow! Sensational goal from Valencia. I'm sure we can all agree on that.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) September 17, 2017
Reaction to Valencia's goal..... pic.twitter.com/7cM4Ly54kr— Manchester United (@ManUnitedWorld) September 17, 2017
It was the type of goal you can imagine the injury-stricken Paul Pogba scoring.
Paul Pogba spinning in his hospital bed as Valencia manages to score a goal he's been attempting all season— José (@MourinhoMindset) September 17, 2017
As well as another famous right-back.
Cafu has posters of Antonio Valencia on his bedroom wall. Icon.— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) September 17, 2017
And after doing this, that theory isn’t too far-fetched.