Valencia: I’m learning all the time

Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia hopes to go from strength

to strength after an encouraging start to his Old Trafford career.

The Ecuador wide man has delivered some increasingly

impressive performances since his summer move from Wigan to United.

One of the most pleasing aspects of his form has been a good

goalscoring record, with Sir Alex Ferguson recognising an

improvement in this area. Valencia is delighted to be contributing

but insists he will not rest on his laurels.

“I only scored seven times in my three years at Wigan – and

that probably included all the training sessions,” he said in the

Daily Express.

“I’m happy with my form but I’m definitely not settling for

what I’ve done so far. “I want to improve, keep learning and

achieve a lot more.

“I think fans will see a lot more from me as we progress

through the season.”

Valencia found the target again on Tuesday as United beat a

weakened Wolves side 3-0 to keep the pressure on Chelsea at the top

of the table.

The Blues responded with a victory over Portsmouth to move

three points clear again – but Ferguson maintains he is happy with

his side’s position.

The Red Devils manager is looking for consistency over the

next few weeks before then trying to overhaul the leaders in the

second half of the season.

“I am anxious we make our mark this month. December is

usually a rich time for us and I’m hoping this year won’t be an

exception,” said Ferguson.

“I would be content to reach New Year’s Eve simply in touch

with the leaders. I’m not too concerned about being out front at

this stage of the season.

“What is important to me is simply being in the race because

we can handle a run-in.”