Man United’s Antonio Valencia: I’ve struggled to produce this season
Manchester United's Antonio Valencia admits he has struggled to recreate his best form from last season in the current campaign
Antonio Valencia admits he is disappointed with his form this season after a string of injuries hampered the Manchester United winger.
The 27-year-old made 28 appearances in the club’s Premier League title-winning campaign, scoring once and making four assists, after dealing with hip and foot injuries at the start of the season.
Valencia, who has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford this summer, admits that he’s failed to reproduce his electrifying from from previous years – but the Ecuadorian vowed to bounce back ahead of next season.
“If you make a comparison with the previous season it wasn’t quite what I was hoping for,” Valencia told MUTV.
“I have maybe not been able to recreate the form of last year. But I have not been at the same fitness level.
“When you have suffered from a couple of injuries, sometimes it is hard to get back to those fitness levels where you can play full of confidence and show your ability in its best light.
“Sometimes it takes a while to get the rhythm of how you normally play if recovery from injury takes longer than you think.
“Looking back I am still reasonably happy with my contribution, I managed to feature in 28 Premier League games, but hopefully pre-season will be a
chance to get fit.
“When things are not going particularly well and I am not on my best form I tend to be a little harder on myself. All the time, you want everything to turn our perfectly. At those times, you do think about your form.”