English Premiership

Hard work starts now - Valencia

2015-01-29 11:55
Antonio Valencia (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Despite going on a 13 game unbeaten streak, Antonio Valencia has warned that Manchester United still have a lot of hard work if they want to secure a Champions League spot.

"It’s very open and quite tight in those top spots," Valencia told MUTV.

"We’re seven points behind second place and then a couple of teams are three or four points below us.

"We must fight hard in the remaining games to finish as high as possible. It’s a long season and we’ve picked ourselves up of late, so we need to keep the results coming for the fans.

"We’ve got tough games coming up against very good teams and rivals for our position but, if we keep the concentration high, we can achieve our aim of a top-four finish."

Manchester United, who host Leicester City on Saturday, sit in fourth spot on the English Premiership table with Arsenal, Spurs, West Ham and Liverpool all within 5 points of Louis van Gaal's team.

Van Gaal has employed Valencia as a right-wing back this season and will be hoping that the Ecudorian will be able to play his usual attacking game with goals having dried up of late for the Red Devils.

The Dutch manager must decide how best to utilise his attacking options with the likes of Angel Di Maria, Wayne Rooney, Robin Van Persie, Radamel Falcao and Juan Mata all available for this fixture.

Saturday's home fixture kicks off at 17:00.


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

29 October 2016
Sunderland v Arsenal, Stadium of Light 13:30
Manchester United v Burnley, Old Trafford 16:00
Middlesbrough v Bournemouth, Riverside Stadium 16:00
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City, The Hawthorns 16:00
Watford v Hull City, Vicarage Road 16:00
Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City, White Hart Lane 16:00
Crystal Palace v Liverpool, Selhurst Park 18:30
30 October 2016
Everton v West Ham United, Goodison Park 15:30
Southampton v Chelsea, St. Mary's Stadium 18:00
31 October 2016
Stoke City v Swansea City, Britannia Stadium 22:00
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2016/17 season?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.