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Valencia: United’s Approach Different Thanks To Last Season

Antonio Valencia has hailed the attitude of this current United team and reckons the ability to bounce back from defeat is what keeps them successful.

“I think that this attitude, concentration and mental strength are down to the manager and every day that he’s there,” he said. “Win or lose, you are in the next day, and you train every day and you want to win every day. If you lose a game one day, the next day you can’t afford to mope around because there’s another game in a couple of days. I think that’s the mindset of the team and of everything that Manchester United does.”

Valencia reckons that losing the title on goal difference last season has totally changed their approach this season. At least something positive has come from that Aguero goal, with United now 12 points clear at the top of the table.

“It’s very different because of what happened last season,” he said. “I don’t know if it was about the total disbelief that we could miss out on the league on goal difference, but when you lose the title like that it’s a really bitter blow to suffer. So now in every game and every training session everyone is even more focused and fully concentrated on playing well and applying ourselves to the task of regaining the league title.”

When asked how Manchester United manage to sustain their success, competing for the title every year, Valencia believes the manager deserves the credit.

“First and foremost it would be the manager, and his 26 years in the job,” he said. “In addition it’s the day to day work that goes on constantly within the club to make Manchester United what it is.”

Valencia was speaking at the launch of the no. 7-inspired Manchester United Collection which is available from www.nike.com.


 

66 Comments

  1. zeroctrl says:

    What’s done is done, lots of positives to take from it. It shows us that we can really compete for the top in Europe. Another 1 or 2 signings this summer, and we can really – with confidence – look to be in the final next year.

    My biggest concern is how SAF and thus the team take this loss. I hope to god we don’t fall apart for the remainder of the year. We have a huge chance of doing the double – but it will all depend on SAFs state of mind – starting this Sunday. If he’s fired up even more, and aggressively pushing now for the double, good things will happen come May. Knowing him you’d bet he’ll just push on quickly, but you could see it in his face at the end – this was a HUGE hit mentally for him.

  2. NBI Red Onion says:

    I think part of the pain for SAF is time is running out for him to get that third European cup, his third, United’s fourth. He knows he does not have many chances left.

  3. Jorge Curioso says:

    Agreed, we should have had a plan to lock the door in the (likely, given the ref’s history) case of a sending off. Once the horribly unjust sending off took place, United did not react quickly enough. Reacting well to injustice is part of the game.

  4. Andromeda says:

    Morning Reds
    could we please stop talking about Nani’s incident and what happened at Tuesday night?!people around the world and thousands of expert Referee and judges have given their verdicts, don’t need to pump it up further, let us move on those useless debates as its too little too late.
    The lads need our support on Sunday, so let us take off that depressive suits and turn a new white page.bring on Chelsea who just lost last might in Europa league.I think Fergie would love to kick Rafa’s ass once again, could it be the last checkmate for the Spanish cunt;-)

  5. Andromeda says:

    **Last night**sorry for typo.

  6. Proverb says:

    Crystal Palace Manager Ian Holloway says SAF can pick anyone he likes and he is brilliant at it http://t.co/MLqnlZ6T9g
    Great words from him

  7. Bobby Charlton's combover says:

    Holloway captured my own feelings on both issues.

  8. Proverb says:

    Its quite difficult to shut it, specially when photos and vidis of the incident still making rounds, you just realize how fucking robbed we were, that was fucking unjust.
    It hurts more if you rewind the play we were clearly battering them up until that point

  9. Andromeda says:

    @Proverb
    agree mate, it was a long night for us and we all utterly frustrated but right now it doesn’t make our lads any favor, I am sure Fergie today in his press conference would love to take any positive if there is!with Chelsea lurking on Sunday, the manager should say the right things to help to rejuvenate the psychological aspect and install the right mentality for the upcoming fixture.

  10. Andromeda says:

    @Proverb
    agree mate, the press won’t let us take our breath, certainly then it was a long night for us and we all utterly frustrated but right now it doesn’t make the lads any favor, I am sure Fergie today in his press conference would love to take any positives if there is!with Chelsea lurking on Sunday, the manager should say the right things to help to rejuvenate the psychological aspect and install the right mentality for the upcoming fixture.and we as a united fans should also take that responsibility.

  11. Proverb says:

    @Andromeda
    Sure he will mate
    It will be parked at the press, there’s too much to be cleared out, well.. According to the media. the Rooney dropping, and the whole CUNeyT spectacle

  12. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Morning Reds. Can’t wait for Fergies Press conference. Could be better than the game. And it was a cracking game.

    Am expecting at least 3 yellow cards and a red.
    Reds get banned from the press room for at least a year innit? :lol:

  13. Proverb says:

    And sir alex’s press conference is at 9:30am, just 30 minutes from now

  14. Proverb says:

    Haha @fletch
    Morning mate, it sure is going to be intense

  15. FletchTHEMAN says:

    This will start your day well:

    Cunyet Cakir is a glory seeking Referee who favors spanish football. UEFA need to get a grip

    http://sportwitness.ning.com/forum/topics/ref-cakir-says-the-world-will-realise-the-truth-in-time-about-man

  16. Proverb says:

    “I cost the team but my boss came to me and said don’t worry that’s football, it makes you cry sometimes”
    Nani

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