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Man Utd set sights on winning treble

Press Association logoPress Association 2/03/2017

Manchester United's players are dreaming of winning another treble after clinching the EFL Cup, defender Antonio Valencia says.

A 3-2 success over Southampton at Wembley last Sunday brought the first major piece of silverware under Jose Mourinho and, despite being off the pace in the Premier League, the United trophy cabinet could have further additions in the shape of the FA Cup and Europa League.

Two last-16 ties with Russian outfit FC Rostov are scheduled either side of an FA Cup quarter-final clash at Chelsea, who were the opponents at the same stage of the competition when United completed an unprecedented treble in 1999.

The three competitions United are chasing do not hold the same prestige as those Sir Alex Ferguson's side claimed 18 years earlier, but it would still be an impressive feat were Mourinho's players able to conclude a gruelling fixture list with three winners' medals.

Valencia confirmed achieving the first leg of that possible treble has enhanced belief something special could be achieved in Mourinho's first season at the helm.

"This is the mentality that we have - this trophy has given us much confidence," the Ecuadorian said.

"We are thinking about these three trophies. I think we can do it. We have to realise we are Manchester United and that we can go on to win these three trophies.

"We haven't given up hope (in the Premier League) this year. We'll still fight for the league this season, but if we can't do it this year, then we go into next season and we will fight for the league."

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