Valencia unmoved by praise

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Antonio Valencia has welcomed praise for his recent performance, but insists it is irrelevant as Manchester United go in search of a record 20th league title.


Valencia has earned plaudits for his recent performances after returning from a spell on the sidelines, culminating in his man of the match performance against Wolves as he bagged two assists and one goal in United’s 5-0 victory last weekend.


That took his tally to 13 assists for the season, a figure which puts him behind only David Silva as the Premier League’s most creative player this season, while he has also found the back of the net five times so far.


The former Wigan winger was keen to play down his role in United’s recent good form that has seen them move level with Manchester City at the top of the table with a game in hand, insisting he is focused on the team’s efforts with nine games of the season to go.


“I don’t look at my individual performances like that,” he told MUTV. “I try and strive for continuous improvement and I am always looking to improve from one game to the next. I think I’ve had plenty of other decent performances for the club, sure.


“If it’s a case of analysing stuff, it’s really down to the manager and the backroom staff to give their opinions on that. It’s just down to me to keep working hard and improving.


“It does make you happy when you hear positive things in the media and from the fans. All you can do, at that point, is be grateful and thank people for that. I suppose it does encourage you to fight even harder to work towards that goal and that goal is obviously to win trophies.


“I’m very happy to be back. I managed to get 90 minutes under my belt against Wolves. It felt good all the way through and it’s good to be playing now until the end of the season, hopefully.”


Valenica’s contribution will likely be key as United go in search of opening a three point gap at the top when they go up against Fulham at Old Trafford tonight.


The 26-year-old says he is desperate to keep on laying the goals on for the likes of Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez, and insists he gets more pleasure from teeing up his team-mates than socring himself.


“I get really pleased and full of emotion when I score,” he said. “But, to be totally truthful, I prefer playing the perfect pass for someone else to score a goal. I like that, it’s a good feeling. I think maybe I’ve got to leave it until I get to three or four goals and then smile more. What I really need to do is learn some kind of dance routine or something!”

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