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23/12/2013 10:47, Report by Gemma Thompson
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Valencia on the charge

Antonio Valencia has rediscovered some of his best form this season, so when United Review caught up with the flying Ecuadorian winger he spoke about his and the Reds' determination to turn in a successful campaign...

David Moyes has been full of praise for you this season – how happy are you with your form?
‪I've been pleased. It's something I've been working hard on and I will continue to work hard to make sure I keep doing my job ‪well. I must say as well that, as a team, I think ‪we are improving and our form is on the up. ‪It's important we keep that going.

You previously stated that you weren't too happy last season from ‪a personal perspective; what have you ‪done differently this term?
‪I suppose the previous season to that [2011/12] I'd set the bar quite high with my ‪performances, which was something that ‪was a little unexpected but I was very happy about. Last season I had a niggling problem ‪with my back, which didn't allow me to train ‪properly, whereas there is no sign of that now. ‪I feel great, and have been able to train to my ‪maximum and put in 100 per cent. That ‪has been paying dividends in the games.

You changed your shirt number this term, what was the thinking behind that?
‪There is no negative reason as to why I changed ‪it. I don't want people to think that I wasn't ‪doing my job for the team because of any added ‪pressure of wearing the no.7 shirt, it was more ‪to do with the fact that 25 was the number I had ‪when I first came to the club and I played well ‪wearing that number. So I thought 'why don't ‪I go back to 25?' because I had good times and ‪good fortune in that shirt.

David Moyes has slightly changed the team's system this season – has that impacted on your form?
I'm just trying to do what the manager tells me! [Smiles] He has come in with his own way of ‪setting things up tactically and it's down to us ‪as players to work hard as a unit to put all that ‪into practice. Any formation changes haven't ‪had too big an effect on me because my job is ‪about getting past defenders, putting crosses ‪in and creating chances for others. But I also ‪understand I have a job to do when it comes to ‪combining tactically with others around me so ‪I've focused on doing both.

You've played with a variety of full-backs behind you this term – Rafael, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones – and seem to have a good relationship with them all...
Yes,

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