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Valencia targeting return to glory

August 2, 2012
By ESPN staff

Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia is itching for the start of the new season after setting his sights on claiming Premier League and Champions League glory.

Antonio Valencia
GettyImagesAntonio Valencia celebrates his stunning strike at Ewood Park

United endured a rare trophyless campaign in 2011-12 as they finished as runners-up in England's top flight while they failed to progress from the group stage in the Champions League.

But Valencia, 26, has warned their rivals that the mood within the Red Devils camp is positive as they continue with their preparation for the 2012-13 term.

He said in the Daily Star: "All the players are feeling good about the new season and there is a great team spirit amongst everyone.

"I love being part of this team. I have some good friends here and I laugh a lot with guys like Evra, Nani, Anderson, Bebe and Chicharito.

"Everybody in the group has a laugh together but when we have to work, we take things seriously.

"I'd love us to win all the competitions we play in, particularly the Premier League and Champions League."