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Valencia admits title worries
Antonio Valencia has admitted Manchester United are “worried” about the potential for throwing away their massive advantage at the top of the Barclays Premier League. It would still require a staggering sequence of results for United to lose their advantage. After all, three wins and a draw from their final seven games would be enough, and three of those remaining matches are at Old Trafford. Nevertheless, the memory of how United managed to lose the title from a seemingly impregnable position last term has injected an element of insecurity. “We're a little worried,” Valencia told Ecuadorian radio station Sonorama. “Last year, we were eight points with six games to go and we lost the league. Now it is 12 points and seven games, and we don't want it to happen again.” United visit Stoke on Sunday, with a trip to West Ham to follow on Wednesday. Victory in those matches would leave the Red Devils within touching distance of a record 20th championship, with Valencia eager to play some part after making only a fleeting appearance as a substitute against City. “They're the manager's decisions, but I was still a bit upset. In such an important game, to be not taken into account as a starter was upsetting.”
In transfer speculation, The Express says Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels would favour a move to Barcelona over United if they made a move this summer. The German international is quoted: “My father and I would turn down about 99.9 per cent of all the clubs in the world if they approached us. However, Barcelona are one out of two or three teams that could make me consider a summer transfer.”
Elsewhere, in The Telegraph, Henry Winter comments on Gary Neville’s appearance at the Soccerex Conference on Thursday, saying the ex-Red “delivered a frank and alarming perspective on the state of youth development in this country.”