Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia has admitted to not being at his best for his club this season.
The Ecuadorian international attributes his poor form in the Premier League this season to a lack of fitness and niggling injuries that have hampered his performances.
Valencia has vowed to work on his lack of fitness in the off-season and return to the club in top form for the defence of Manchester United’s Premier League title next season.
The Ecuadorian was named the club’s player of the year last season and was handed the famous number seven shirt at last season’s end, Valencia’s performances this term have been hugely underwhelming.
The United winger’s productivity has decreased alarmingly along with his goals drying up leaving him feeling like he could have contributed more to United’s season.
Speaking to MUTV, Valencia said: “If you make a comparison with the previous season it wasn’t quite what I was hoping for. 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.”
Valencia's contribution this season although lacking has been aided by the fact that fellow wingers Ashley Young and Nani have suffered similarly frustrating seasons struggling with both their fitness and their forms.
With Ryan Giggs unable to feature regularly due to his age Valencia still has managed to represent United 28 times this season.
“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 out perfectly. At those times, you do think about your form.”
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