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16/03/2013 07:47, Report by G Thompson
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Valencia: Feels like a cup final

Antonio Valencia says Manchester United's Barclays Premier League match against Reading will feel like a cup final.

With the Reds aiming to maintain a healthy lead over Manchester City at the top and the Royals lying just one place off the bottom of the table, three points are vital to both sides.

Despite their position in the league, Valencia still expects Reading to provide a tough test, especially after Brian McDermott was sacked as their manager earlier this week.

"When players know a new manager is coming in, it can act as an extra motivation and can have a positive effect on them," Valencia told United Review, the official match programme.

"Hopefully it doesn’t have too much of an effect on the match. The most important thing for us is just to stay focused on our game.

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