Antonio Valencia explains how Jose Mourinho has helped improve his game

Manchester United scooped the first major piece of silverware of the campaign at the weekend, with Jose Mourinho’s side overcoming a resilient Southampton 3-2. It was a real relief to win the trophy come full-time, and now the players should be full of confidence.

After the narrow victory, Antonio Valencia has been speaking to the media about his sensational form this season, and the Ecuadorian had plenty of praise for the manager.

Valencia went on to say that he is pleased about the amount of game time he has received under the self-proclaimed Special One, and also discussed how his new boss has given him plenty of confidence.

“I have to say thanks to the manager for these words,” Valencia is quoted by Eurosport as saying. “He’s definitely given me an incredible amount of confidence. I think it’s totally acceptable to say I have improved my game since then and he’s given me a lot of game time, which has been very important.”

The former Wigan man has been absolutely brilliant this year, and I’d possibly say he should be the favourite to win the club’s Player of the Year award come May – although that is still quite far away.

It’s always great to read comments like these. It just highlights how positive things are in the dressing room at the moment. You get the feeling that every player is loving life under our Portuguese manager, and he himself is really relishing the chance to be at the helm of such a prestigious club.

I’d also like to thank Louis van Gaal for converting Valencia down to a full-back. He took to that role like a duck to water last season, and all credit to them both.

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