Valencia: Injuries Have Crippled Man Utd
Antonio Valencia is convinced Manchester United's struggles this season are down to the number of injuries they've had.
The 30-year-old has only just returned from a foot injury which has kept him out since the end of October, and United have been performing poorly in his absence.
Bastian Schweinsteiger has also been ruled out of action due to injury recently, and Valencia believes it's these kinds of injury problems that have weighed the Red Devils down.
"It has affected the way the manager has had to work," Valencia told Sky Sports News HQ. "Your hands are tied. If you have a squad of 20 players, and ten are injured, then you are having to work with half a squad.
"It is not just short term injuries either. You look at Luke Shaw, myself, Wayne Rooney, we have been out for a long period.
"The bad form that we have had in that time has to be down to the amount of injuries that we have had.
"That is bound to affect performances, but now we are getting people back, we need to focus and really fight for the place in the Champions League.
"It is also down to the Premier League, it is tough league. One week you can play very well, and then the next week you are up against a team you are expected to beat, one that is fighting relegation, and they turn it on."
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