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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Ferguson wants fit Valencia

Sir Alex Ferguson says he is hoping that winger Antonio Valencia remains fit for the rest of the season as he believes the Ecuadorian could have a massive say on the title race.

The 26-year-old has missed the last month of action due to a hamstring problem but returned to the side on Sunday, playing an influential role as the Red Devils recorded and impressive 5-0 win at relegation threatened Wolves.

As well as finding the net himself, Valencia also set-up two other goals as United extended their lead over rivals Manchester City at the top of the table to four points.

The former Wigan man returned from a long term injury last season and played a crucial role as United went on to record their record 19thtitle, as well as reaching the Champions League final where they went down to Barcelona.

A number of pundits have suggested that Valencia’s directness and superb delivery from the wide areas also brings out the best in talismanic striker Wayne Rooney and Ferguson will be hoping the two link-up again this season.

The veteran coach was full of praise for the winger following the victory at Molinuex and struggled to hide his respect for the South American’s talents.

"He could be very important," said the United manager. "His form before he got the injury was outstanding.

"Now he is back we hope he stays back fit. He is such an honest, hardworking player.

"You get two sides to Antonio. He is prepared to work really hard. He can tackle, he can run, but he can also beat a man."He has got everything really" he added.

Written by Alex, a fan of Manchester United and football betting.

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