Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia has backed the club’s summer signings to succeed…
Antonio Valencia has heaped praise on teammates Angel di Maria, Marcos Rojo and Radamel Falcao, despite the trio enduring a mixed start to their respective Manchester United careers.
The Ecuadorian wing-back, who was quoted by the Daily Star, said: “Angel, Rojo and Falcao are terrific: they’ve all settled quickly into the group and I think they’re all really enjoying life here.”
“We’ve got a top bunch of lads with Anderson, Rafael and all the English lads too. We all get along really well – [the atmosphere] is great but it’s always been great here.”
While Valencia is clearly enjoying being a part of United’s South American contingent, some of his teammates have struggled for form and fitness – particularly Falcao, whose permanent move from AS Monaco is looking under increasing threat.
However, Valencia believes that all three players will come good and help them secure a return to Champions League football ready for next season: “It’s very open and quite tight in those top spots,” the 29-year-old admitted.
“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.”