Alan Smith

Valencia may learn from Alan Smith’s agony

The horrific injury suffered by Antonio Valencia at Old Trafford on Tuesday night brought back memories of a similar incident involving former Manchester United midfielder Alan Smith at Anfield in February 2006. Smith broke his leg and dislocated his ankle while attempting to block a free kick from Liverpool’s John Arne Riise, an injury described by Sir Alex Ferguson at the time as “one of the worst I’ve seen”. Valencia’s misfortune reminded Sir Alex of Smith when he said after the Rangers game “It is a bad blow for the boy. It is similar to the injury Alan Smith got and you are talking about the rest of the season.” manutd.com published an interview a couple of years back in which Smith talks about that horrible day.

Valencia may learn from Alan Smith's agony

The horrific injury suffered by Antonio Valencia at Old Trafford on Tuesday night brought back memories of a similar incident involving former Manchester United midfielder Alan Smith at Anfield in February 2006. Smith broke his leg and dislocated his ankle while attempting to block a free kick from Liverpool’s John Arne Riise, an injury described by Sir Alex Ferguson at the time as “one of the worst I’ve seen”. Valencia’s misfortune reminded Sir Alex of Smith when he said after the Rangers game “It is a bad blow for the boy. It is similar to the injury Alan Smith got and you are talking about the rest of the season.” manutd.com published an interview a couple of years back in which Smith talks about that horrible day.