Antonio Valencia has admitted he has been saddened by Manchester United’s inability to mount a Premier League title challenge this season.
Man United have been poor for the majority of the campaign and they sit fifth in the table, one point behind fourth-placed Manchester City.
Louis van Gaal’s side take on second-placed Tottenham Hotspur this weekend before facing leaders Leicester City at the beginning of May. Valencia revealed that United’s struggles this season have been tough to take.
“It will be interesting, but a little bit sad in a way because we feel that we should be fighting for the title itself,” Valencia said.
“But we have to make sure we keep on this winning run in order to achieve what we need to do.
“It’ll be exciting for us as we’re playing for our place in the Champions League next season. And when you’re playing against opponents who are challenging for the title, in the shape of Tottenham and Leicester, they are going to be big fixtures.”
Valencia has recently returned to fitness following a prolonged absence due to an ankle injury suffered last year.
The likes of Phil Jones, Ashley Young and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson are also coming back into the fold and van Gaal will be happy that his squad is approaching full strength ahead of what is a crucial run-in.