Valencia: I'm learning all the time

Valencia: I'm learning all the time

Published Dec. 17, 2009 1:55 a.m. ET

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."