Dev­ils can win the tre­ble, says Va­len­cia

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LON­DON: Manch­ester United’s League Cup tri­umph over Southamp­ton has boosted their be­lief that the Pre­mier League gi­ants have the abil­ity to add both the Europa League and the FA Cup to their tro­phy haul this sea­son, right-back An­to­nio Va­len­cia said.

United have a tricky two-legged last-16 Europa League clash against Rus­sian side Ros­tov this month and they face for­mi­da­ble Chelsea in their FA Cup quar­ter­fi­nal on March 13.

“This is the men­tal­ity that we have — that tro­phy has given us much con­fi­dence. We are think­ing about these three tro­phies. I think we can do it,” Va­len­cia told Bri­tish me­dia. “We have to re­alise we are Manch­ester United and that we can go on to win these three tro­phies.”

Since the 2013 re­tire­ment of Alex Fer­gu­son, who won more than 30 tro­phies dur­ing his 26-year spell in charge, United have man­aged just one ma­jor piece of sil­ver­ware — the FA Cup last sea­son — prior to Sun­day’s League Cup win.

Va­len­cia said United have come closer to re­cre­at­ing the “fear fac­tor” they had dur­ing the Fer­gu­son-era un­der cur­rent man­ager Jose Mour­inho.

“I think it’s the same at­mos­phere. We have that se­cu­rity of play­ing un­der a top man­ager,” the Ecuador in­ter­na­tional added.

“I think the fear fac­tor we have to cre­ate our­selves, we have to put the fear into teams ev­ery time they come to Old Traf­ford.”

United, cur­rently sixth in the league, host 14th-placed Bournemouth to­mor­row.

An­to­nio Va­len­cia

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