Jose Mourinho is set to hand the Manchester United captaincy to none other than Antonio Valencia.
That’s according to The Metro, with the right-back now going into his tenth season at Old Trafford; and what an honour it is for the 32-year-old.
Although there were calls for Paul Pogba to be given the armband following his World Cup performance, it does make sense to give it to an experienced and vocal leader. Valencia will baulk orders at his teammates if required, and his veteran-leadership will certainly come in handy, particularly when the going gets tough.
United’s full-back issues have been evident recently, but it does look as though this is a clear indication that Valencia will continue as a regular starter going into 2018/19. He did have an excellent campaign last time around, but I’m wary that he’s at that point in his career where it’s only downhill.
For now, though, he deserves the plaudits that are coming his way. No doubt the man from Ecuador will wear the captain’s armband with pride. As fans, that’s all we’d ask for, and if he leads by example, while maintaining his level of performances, then Valencia is in for an excellent season.