Valencia relieved with return to wing duty
ANTONIO VALENCIA is relieved Manchester United's defensive injury problems have finally started to ease.
Such has been the strife Alex Ferguson has been forced to endure this season, the Ecuador wide man has alternated between his usual right wing role and that of full-back.
It is a responsibility Valencia has accepted without complaint.
However, his performance in Saturday's Premier League triumph over Bolton emphasised why Valencia is not the only one who is glad more accustomed options to fill the right-back role are at hand.
"It is really pleasing thinking that we are getting everyone back to full fitness," he said.
"It is nice to be back in my favoured position, that I have always played in throughout my career. At full-back, going forward is not a problem. Defending is slightly more difficult.
"There is more pressure because you are playing closer to your own goal. You have to be really focused and concentrated to make sure you don't commit an error that can lead to a goal.
"It is the same for any defender so I have to work hard to stay really sharp because that is area of the field where you get punished."
Paul Scholes' arrival thus far is Ferguson's most significant piece of business during the transfer window.
Plenty have claimed it is a regressive step by the Red Devils. However, the dressing room seems sincere in its belief Scholes' return is a force for good as United face up to Sunday's trip to Arsenal.
"We still have some longer absences like Darren Fletcher and Tom Cleverley so it has given us a bit of respite to have Paul Scholes back," said Valencia.
"It is all right talking about three teams but you can't take out Arsenal and Chelsea, so that is why we have to put our foot to the floor and push as hard as we can."