Antonio Valencia: Manchester United Want To Win The Treble This Season

Jose Mourinho speaks with Antonio Valencia.

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Manchester United star Antonio Valencia has admitted that his team is seeking a cup treble this season.

The Red Devils, having recently lifted the EFL Cup trophy, continue to fight in three more tournaments this season. They currently remain 15 points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea (with one extra game in hand) – a gap that may prove to be too big to close with only 12 more match days to go.

However, Mourinho’s men are very much in it when it comes to the cup competitions, having progressed to the quarter finals of the FA Cup, and the Round of 16 stage in the UEFA Europa League. And as per Manchester United’s winger-turned-fullback Antonio Valencia, his teammates aspire to win both these tournaments to secure a cup treble this season.

The Ecuadorian revealed (via Sky Sports): “We are thinking about these three trophies. I think we can do it. We have to realize we are Manchester United and that we can go on to win these three trophies. This is the mentality that we have. This first trophy has given us much confidence.

“We haven’t given up hope [in the Premier League] this year. We’ll still fight for the league this season, but if we can’t do it this year, then we go into next season and we will fight for the league.”

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Valencia then went on to compare Jose Mourinho’s management style to that of Sir Alex Ferguson’s, and said: “I think it’s the same atmosphere. We have that security of playing under a top manager, it’s something you can definitely say. They each have their own individual style, but both of them are obviously fantastic managers.”

The 31-year-old concluded by talking about his improved performances at right-back under Mourinho, by stating: “I think it’s totally acceptable to say I have improved my game and he’s given me a lot of game time, which has been very important.

“I’m still quite an attacking player. I feel comfortable going forward because I have played as a right winger. I like to contribute to the attacks but it’s a bit more about not committing that error when playing at right-back.”


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