Leicester will face ‘different’ Man United, says Antonio Valencia
Antonio Valencia warns Leicester that they'll be facing a much-different Manchester United
Antonio Valencia is confident that Manchester United have learned a lesson from their shock loss at Leicester ahead of the visit of the Foxes.
Nigel Pearson’s side came from 3-1 down to seal a memorable 5-3 win against the 20-time English champions at King Power Stadium in August.
United are much-improved under Louis van Gaal since that surprise defeat, losing just two of their 17 top-flight games since the Foxes clash.
And Ecuador international Valencia believes the Red Devils squad are in a much better place.
“My team-mates had put in a really great effort to get the score to 3-1,” Valencia told United Review.
“After that we had the bad luck of conceding goals and to lose 5-3 after leading 3-1 was sad. It hurt us as players but the saddest thing was to see [the effect it had on] our fans.
“Four months have passed now and we need to lift our heads up. I am more than sure that we have all learned a lesson from that day: that the games are 90 minutes long and that you need to be focused until the end.”
United are currently in fourth spot in the Premier League table, just a point ahead of their bitter rivals and fifth-placed Arsenal.
Valencia, 29, believes the United squad have forged better friendships over the past couple of months, insists Leicester will be facing a much-different side.
Valencia added: “The team is increasingly stronger and more together.
“We are working as a team and that is good. I am more than sure that Leicester will face a different United this time around. We are playing as a team, we are fighting, we are playing at home with our fans and we want to win.”
Valencia has made two assists in 17 Premier League appearances in a right wing-back role so far this season.