Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia is delighted to be assisting the club's Barclays Premier League title challenge - in more ways than one.

United's defensive injury crisis has seen the Ecuadorian utilised at full-back in the recent weeks, before resuming duties against Manchester City in his favoured right-wing role.

After missing the start of the season following a leg injury, Valencia has been quick to win his place back in the United team, racking up seven assists in the league this season, after a run of nine consecutive starts.

“I think when you do manage to put in good crosses and create goals, it does give you confidence,” Valencia said.

"I feel more comfortable being back in my usual position. The manager asked me to fill in at right-back because two or three of my team-mates were injured.

"I was obviously happy to do that, especially when he mentioned that it was only for a brief period! But I am more comfortable in my own position.”

The consistent selection of Valencia has coincided with Wayne Rooney's return to goalscoring form, with the England forward having scored six goals in as many appearances of late.

The 26-year-old Valencia feels Rooney's desire for goals makes his job as provider an easier one.

“I think Wayne’s been at a good level all season, really on top form and now he’s showing again how valuable he is for us,” added Valencia.

“What’s great about him is that he’s very bright. He sees things very early and gives the ball quickly, so it gives you a chance to be quicker and act sharper yourself.

“But I think I have a good understanding and relationship not just with Rooney, but with other players like Nani, Chicharito and Danny Welbeck.”

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