Football - Valencia demands more of himself

Antonio Valencia admits his performances for Manchester United this season have been a let down.

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The Ecuador wide man was crowned both players' and fans' player of the year at United last term after an outstanding contribution to a season when they fell short of Barclays Premier League title glory by the narrowest of margins.

This season, despite yesterday's 1-0 home defeat by Chelsea that ends United's hopes of beating their own best points return in the Premier League era, Valencia will be able to return to South America for his summer break with a medal in his luggage. But he is not entirely satisfied with his own contribution.

"If you make a comparison with the previous season it wasn't quite what I was hoping for," Valencia told MUTV.

"I have maybe not been able to recreate the form of last year. But I have not been at the same fitness level.

"When you have suffered from a couple of injuries, sometimes it is hard to get back to those fitness levels where you can play full of confidence and show your ability in its best light.

"Sometimes it takes a while to get the rhythm of how you normally play if recovery from injury takes longer than you think.

"Looking back I am still reasonably happy with my contribution, I managed to feature in 28 Premier League games, but hopefully pre-season will be a chance to get fit."

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