Valencia leading trophy chase

Red Devils winger always looking to improve

Antonio Valencia: Has been in sparkling form over recent weeks

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Antonio Valencia is hoping to maintain his impressive form and play a leading role in Manchester United's Premier League title charge.

The Ecuador international has been one of the Red Devils' most consistent performers since putting his injury troubles behind him.

He has helped to propel United to the top of the table, with 12 assists since December paving the way for Sir Alex Ferguson's side to overhaul Manchester City at the summit and open up a five-point lead.

Valencia is a reluctant hero, a man who prefers to do his talking on the pitch, but admits that he is as determined as anyone inside the Old Trafford camp to get his hands on major silverware this season.

"I try to strive for continuous improvement and I am always looking to improve from one game to the next," he said in the Daily Mirror.

Improving

"If it's a case of analysing stuff, it's really down to the manager and backroom staff to give their opinions on that.

"It's just down to me to keep working hard and improving.

"It does make you happy when you hear positive things in the media and from the fans.

"All you can do is be grateful and thank people for that. I suppose it does encourage you to fight even harder to work towards that goal - and that goal is obviously to win trophies.

"I'm very happy to be back and it's good to be playing now until the end of the season, hopefully."