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Valencia: I spend a lot of extra time working on my crossing

by Sam Peoples

Antonio Valencia has insisted that he spends a lot of time working on his crossing and does extra practice with David de Gea in order to improve.

The 28-year-old has shown positive signs this season he can work his way back to his devastating best but as of yet, his crossing has still been pretty terrible on the whole.

In his pomp, every cross seemed to find the head of a team-mate (mainly Rooney) but nowadays Valencia’s final ball has been frustratingly poor. He has clearly been working on improving behind the scenes and he certainly needs to.

When questioned by a United fan how often he practised his crossing, Valencia said: “I spend a lot of time working on crossing. Most days I stay behind after training to do extra practice with David De Gea.”

Under Moyes, Valencia has had a fantastic resurgence in form. He now has the confidence to run at players with a bit of pace again and take them on whereas last year, his first instinct was to pass the ball backwards.

The final ball is what is missing from Valencia this year as, alongside the rekindled partnership with Rafael, he has been much improved from last season and is on the way back to his unplayable best that saw him scoop the awards at Manchester United’s end of season ceremony in 2011/12.

His combination of raw pace, power and strength make him unstoppable at times and if he can continue working hard on improving his crossing, there is every chance he could make a return to his best this year.

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