We’re worried! Antonio Valencia reveals Man United’s title concern
Antonio Valencia admits Manchester United are a "little worried" after Manchester City closed the gap to 12 points following their derby win
Antonio Valencia reveals Manchester United are “a little worried” about squandering their lead in the Premier League title race after last season’s shock collapse.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s men suffered a 2-1 loss to Manchester City at Old Trafford on Monday night, with the defending champions reducing the deficit to 12 points with six games remaining.
The Red Devils had an eight-point lead last season before a run of disappointing results saw the Citizens claim their first top-flight crown courtesy of a 3-2 win against Queens Park Rangers on the final day.
With that experience still quite raw, Valencia urged United to win their next two games against Stoke City and West Ham United and extinguish any lingering doubts.
“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, twelve points and we don’t want this to happen again,” Valencia told Ecuadorian radio station Sonorama.
“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 featured for just 10 minutes in the derby loss on Monday, and the Ecuador international was disappointed at being denied the chance to have a greater impact on the tie.
“They are the manager’s decisions [to make], but I was still a bit upset,” he added.
“In such an important game, to be not taken into account as a starter is upsetting.
“Ten 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.”