Manchester United midfielder Antonio Valencia believes that his team can win the treble this year. He made the statement after his team won the League Cup against Southampton. He said that Manchester United are back among the top clubs in England and that there is no doubt that they will be challenging in the remaining cup competition.
Valencia said that this would be down to the fact that they are again playing under a top manager such as Jose Mourinho. He added that the Portuguese manager is a bit like Sir Alex Ferguson and that he brings a sense of security to the team.
Antonio Valencia said that he had had the chance to play under both Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho and he believes that both men are similar. They both want to win trophies and that they know how they want their team to play football. Valencia said that Manchester United had made great progress under the Portuguese manager and it is for this reason that he believes that the club can challenge for both the FA Cup and the UEFA Cup.
He said that the players are ready to fight to bring silverware and he believes that there is enough quality in the team to help them win the trophies – they are a team of Champions so it’s nothing like just playing Roulette at Winner Casino – the odds are very much in their favour for most matches they take part in.
Valencia said that a lot has changed since Jose Mourinho took over and that there is now a renewed hope around the team. He believes that the arrival of top-class players such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba has helped bring the club to another level and that Mourinho has successfully instilled his playing style into the team.
Valencia believes that the Red Devils can finish the season strongly and that they will be ready to challenge for the title next season.
With United sitting just outside of the Champions League spots at the moment, they will need a continuation of their unbeaten run (which now stretches to 19 games), though this form has been deceiving, as a lot of these games have ended up as draws – which is not acceptable at a club like Manchester United. This leaves Mourinho in a quandry as to when to play his best, most attacking team – does he try to go for the Champions League next season by finishing in the top 4, or does he prioritise the Europa League, which gives it’s winners a place in the Champions League as one of it’s prizes.