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Man United eyeing history rather than the Champions League, says Valencia

Date Posted,May 3, 2017

Antonio Valencia says Manchester United’s players are desperate to create history by winning the Europa League.

United can become only the fifth team in history to make it a clean sweep of European football’s trophies if they lift the trophy on May 24 in Stockholm.

That would come with the added bonus of a Champions League place, but Valencia said making history is what is driving United’s players on.

“Winning this competition would give us the ticket to the Champions League, it’s true,” said Valencia.

“But the most important thing for us is that United doesn’t have this trophy yet. We’re definitely concentrated and focused for this match.

Valencia says making history means more than reaching the Champions League (Photo: Manchester United via Getty)

“We’re not the favourites, but we’re United and that’s a responsibility that we bear. We have to demonstrate who we are and show it tomorrow.

“It’s been a long competition and thankfully we recovered two of the defenders and Juan Mata is back, so it’s been very good for us.”

United face Celta Vigo in the first leg of their semi-final, with Valencia admitting it will be a tough test, despite their opponents being 11th in La Liga.

“We know they’re a strong team, they haven’t lost the last five or six matches in this competition,” said Valencia.

Jose Mourinho is going all out for the Europa League title after giving up on the top four (Photo: Manchester United via Getty)

“We expect it to be a good match and we want to get a good result from it.”

United boss Jose Mourinho recently hailed Valencia as the best right-back in Europe, although the Ecuadorian disagreed with his manager’s high praise.

“First of all I only have words of thanks to Mourinho for those words,” said Valencia.

“I don’t consider myself the best, I just want to work hard for the team, but he’s given me the confidence to do that, not only me but the rest of the team. I hope to give some of that trust back to Mourinho by playing a good match.”

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