Ferguson - Valencia can be key

Image: Antonio Valencia: Scored one and created two during Manchester United's 5-0 thrashing of Wolves

Sir Alex Ferguson is hoping Antonio Valencia stays fit as he believes the winger has an important role to play in Man Utd's title bid.

United winger praised following impressive return from injury

Sir Alex Ferguson is hoping Antonio Valencia stays fit for the rest of the season as he believes the winger has an important role to play in Manchester United's title bid. Valencia has recently been sidelined by a hamstring injury and made his first appearance in just over a month in Sunday's 5-0 thrashing of Wolves. He scored one goal at Molineux and created two more as the 26-year-old helped United to open up a four-point lead over rivals Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table. The Ecuador international returned from a long-term injury in the final two months of last season to play a crucial part in the Red Devils winning a record-breaking 19th title.

Outstanding

Ferguson is now hoping that the former Wigan wide-man can have a similar impact after praising Valencia's array of talents. "He could be very important," said the United manager. "His form before he got the injury was outstanding. "Now he is back we hope he stays back fit. He is such an honest, hardworking player. "You get two sides to Antonio. He is prepared to work really hard. He can tackle, he can run, but he can also beat a man. "He has got everything really."

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