Manchester United defender Antonio Valencia believes the team should not give up on the Premier League crown despite being 13 points behind Manchester City at the top of the standings.
In a report covered by United’s official website, Valencia highlighted United’s failure to hold onto an eight-point lead during the 2011-2012 campaign, and feels there could yet be another twist in the title race.
He said: “We need to keep fighting until the end – we need to keep going. A few years ago, we lost a title when we were eight points ahead and there were only a few games left. Now, we have a lot more games to play and we need to keep fighting.”
Manchester City looked unbeatable during the first-half of the campaign, but they have suffered setbacks on the road of late with two draws and one defeat in their previous three outings.
Injuries have also hampered their season with the likes of Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus yet to make their comebacks, but a 13-point gap appears too steep to catch, unless the Citizens continue their lean streak on their travels.
Manchester United have a cross-town derby versus Manchester City, where they could potentially reduce the deficit, but they require plenty of help from their top-six rivals with Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, in particular, hosting the Citizens in their respective stadiums.