Manchester United star frustrated with performances
Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia has confessed that his performances this season have been below par.
The Ecuadorian enjoyed a fine Premier League campaign last term, winning the club’s Player of the Year award.
But, he has struggled to match those heights this time out, failing to find the back of the net in 30 first-team appearances.
He has also managed just five assists, pushing him down the pecking order under Sir Alex Ferguson.
The 27-year-old admitted that he hasn’t been at his best throughout 2012/13, putting his poor form down to recurring injuries:
“It’s not been quite the season I would have hoped for on a personal front,” he is quoted by The Mirror.
“I think the injuries I’ve had have held me back a bit. I still get the odd twinge from the last injury I had to my leg and that has perhaps affected my progress slightly.”
Instead of vowing to improve next season, Valencia insisted that he is hoping to rediscover his best during the final months of the campaign, as the Red Devils look to clinch the Premier League title:
“I hope to get the chance to be involved in as many games as possible.
“If I’m picked I’m determined to grab my opportunities and do my best for my team-mates, the manager and the fans.”
Valencia has become a fans’ favourite at Old Trafford since his 2009 arrival from Wigan, with his pace and trickery wowing spectators.