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Antonio Valencia: Jose Mourinho is similar to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United

by Tanveer Arayan


Antonio Valencia insists Jose Mourinho is similar to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, as the players are now hoping to win another Treble after claiming the EFL Cup.

The 3-2 victory over Southampton at Wembley last Sunday brought the club their first piece of major silverware under the Portuguese boss, and with Man United still in the FA Cup and Europa League, it could be set to only get better.

Mourinho’s main priority would be a Champions League qualification, and with the side within touching distance of the Premier League top four, United still have a chance as they could move out of sixth place in the clash against Bournemouth this weekend.

Speaking about the current environment at Old Trafford, Valencia claims Mourinho’s squad is much like the one Sir Alex oversaw.

“This is the mentality that we have — this trophy has given us much confidence,” the Ecuadorian said. “We are thinking about these three trophies. I think we can do it. We have to realise we are Manchester United and that we can go on to win these three trophies.

“We haven’t given up hope [in the Premier League] this year. We’ll still fight for the league this season, but if we can’t do it this year, then we go into next season and we will fight for the league.

“I think it’s the same atmosphere. We have that security of playing under a top manager, it’s something you can definitely say.

“It’s always difficult to compare. They each have their own individual style, but both of them are obviously fantastic managers.”

He’s one of the few players on the squad that played underneath Ferguson and Mourinho, having joined the club for £16 million from Wigan in 2009.

The Ecuadorian’s two Premier League champions’ medals were achieved under Sir Alex, and he’s in the perfect position to understand if the Special One has what it takes to lead the side.

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