Antonio Valencia: I’ve been held back at Man United this season

Antonio Valencia feels that his contribution to Manchester United this season has been hampered by injuries

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Antonio Valencia has made just 19 starts this term Photo: Soccer.ru, via Wikimedia

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Antonio Valencia feels that his contribution to Manchester United this season has been hampered by a string of niggling injuries.

The Ecuador international has been limited to just 19 starts for the Red Devils this season after struggling with hip and foot problems earlier in the campaign.

And the 27-year-old, who is yet to score for United this season, admits that he was hoping to have more of an impact this term after being voted the club’s player of the year in 2011-12.

“It’s not been quite the season I would have hoped for on a personal front,” Valencia told United Review.

“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. That isn’t to say I haven’t enjoyed the season because I have very much.”

United are 15 points clear at the top of the Premier League table with nine games left to play.

And Valencia insists that Sir Alex Ferguson’s men “couldn’t be any more determined” to lift the club’s 20th top-flight title.

“The desire amongst the lads to win the league is huge – we really couldn’t be any more determined,” he added.

“We do not want a repeat of last season. Every game is like a cup final for us – we have to fight in every minute of every match. We know it’s in our hands and we have to make sure we make the advantage we have count.”

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