Antonio Valencia has revealed that he and his Manchester United teammates are worried that Manchester City will stage another unlikely comeback and snatch the Premier League title away from Old Trafford for the second time in as many seasons, the
A year ago City were eight points behind United with six games to play but eventually triumphed on goal difference after the sides finished level on points. City’s win in the Manchester derby proved crucial 12 months ago, and this week started with Roberto Mancini’s side beating United at Old Trafford to reduce the deficit from 15 points to 12.
Valencia said: “We’re a little worried. It has already happened to us. Last year, having eight points with seven games to go we lost the league, and now we have seven games, 12 points and we don’t want this to happen again.”
The winger added: “We want to finish off the two games that are coming as soon as possible, starting off in the right way and ending up victorious.”
Valencia made only a short appearance in the 2-1 defeat, coming off the bench with 10 minutes to play as United attempted to pull back the score line, goals from James Milner and Sergio Aguero cancelling out a Vincent Kompany own goal.
The former Wigan Athletic player conceded to Ecuadorian radio station Sonorama that he was disappointed not to start the match. He said: “They are the manager’s decisions, but I was still a bit upset. In such an important game, to be not taken into account as a starter is upsetting.
“10 minutes is very short for such a tight, difficult game. The important thing is to come on and play, but yeah, you become restless waiting for the next game and wanting to play 90 minutes.”
Valencia added that Ferguson spoke to every player not included in the starting XI and offered reasons why, but he declined to share the manager’s comments publically.
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