Antonio Valencia believes Manchester United still have a chance to win the Premier League title this season and is insisting that his teammates have a duty to continue fighting for the Premier League title.
Manchester City beat cross-town rivals United at Old Trafford to open up an 11-point lead at the top of the Premier League. United’s record of 40 home matches without defeat thus came to an end.
Valencia said: “We are Manchester United and it’s our duty to keep going to represent the club and keep looking forward and try to close that gap as best we can. While ever there’s a chance mathematically, we just keep fighting.”
City has won 15 of their last 16 league games, which is the best record of the season at this stage since the inception of the competition in 1992. However, Valencia believes that Manchester United can use their negative experiences from past to inspire them to overturn the lead at the top of the table.
Valencia said: “We know that 11 points is a big gap but I can think back to when Sir Alex Ferguson was the manager and the gap was something like nine points and we ended up losing the title.
So we know that it’s the Premier League, we know that everyone’s capable of beating everyone else and it’s just a case of keep fighting.”
United are 11 points behind City after Sunday’s defeat. Mourinho usually wins the league title during his season of the club, but that doesn’t seem to be the case now. With City winning 15 out of their 16 league games, they are favorites to romp away with the trophy this year.
Some will say, that it’s too early to conclude the season, as there are 22 games to go, but Pep Guardiola’s men look unstoppable on the field this season and stopping them will not be an easy task. Manchester United should eventually fancy their chances of finishing second in the league.