Manchester United seeking treble glory, says Antonio Valencia
Antonio Valencia says Manchester United are chasing a treble of cup successes, following last week’s victory over Southampton at Wembley.
The 3-2 win against the Saints earned the Reds their fourth EFL Cup victory, and the defender explained they have now set their sights on Europa League and FA Cup glory too.
The 31-year-old Ecuadorian believes the confidence gained by securing one cup triumph will help the squad chase two more between now and the end of the season.
He said: “We are thinking about these three trophies. I think we can do it. We have to realise we are Manchester United and that we can go on to win these three trophies.
“This is the mentality that we have. This first trophy has given us much confidence.
“We haven’t given up hope [in the Premier League] this year. We’ll still fight for the league this season, but if we can’t do it this year, then we go into next season and we will fight for the league.”
Valencia joined United from Wigan for £16m in 2009 and says there are similarities in the way Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho run the club.
He went on: “I think it’s the same atmosphere. We have that security of playing under a top manager, it’s something you can definitely say.
“It’s always difficult to compare. They each have their own individual style, but both of them are obviously fantastic managers.”
Mourinho has praised Valencia’s performances this campaign and the United player added: “He’s definitely given me an incredible amount of confidence.
“I think it’s totally acceptable to say I have improved my game and he’s given me a lot of game time, which has been very important.
“I’m still quite an attacking player. I feel comfortable going forward because I have played as a right winger.
“I like to contribute to the attacks but it’s a bit more about not committing that error when playing at right-back.”
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