Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia discusses playing right-back

Antonio Valencia

Antonio Valencia has been discussing the difficulties of playing at right back.

Manchester United went back into the top four last week after victory against Arsenal at The Emirates Stadium. Louis van Gaal's men have had to contend with one of the longest injury lists in world football to pull off such a feat.

The likes of Ander Herrera, Rafael, Luke Shaw, Daley Blind, Phil Jones, Michael Carrick, Marcos Rojo and many more have all spent considerable time on the sidelines this season.

With that in mind plenty of Manchester United players have been asked to play in different positions throughout the campaign.

Carrick and Blind have both filled in at centre back, Angel Di Maria has played as a striker, Wayne Rooney a central midfielder and Ashley Young a wing-back.

Antonio Valencia has also had to adapt to playing in different positions.

He has played on both wings, at right-back and even central midfield already this season.

The versatile winger by-trade has played at right-back before for Manchester United but now it seems as though Van Gaal sees him as the natural second choice right-back/wing-back to Brazilian Rafael.

But Valencia has been speaking to the United website about it this week and admits he doesn't mind where he plays, although realises the differences between playing at the back and on the wing:

"You have to really concentrate for the entire 90 minutes [at right-back]. You can’t afford to make any kind of mistake because, if you do, the forwards you are up against are then in on your goal."

"We are having a run of bad luck at the moment with injuries, where we always seem to have a few players out, but we’re hoping that before we reach the halfway point in the season we’ll have everyone back and we can go on to pick up enough points to get us firmly in the top three or four."

This weekend United will hope Valencia does his best, wherever they play him, to get one over on Hull City.

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