Manchester United secured their second win in just a few days, with Jose Mourinho’s men beating out West Bromwich Albion in a tight-knit affair in the Midlands.
The 2-1 full-time score was probably a fair result, with United creating opportunities in the first-half, but as the game wore on the Red Devils slacked off, allowing thier opponents a way back into the fixture.
However, the game was marred for United midway through the second-half, when Antonio Valencia picked up what looked like a hamstring injury, with Marcos Rojo coming on to replace the Ecuadorian.
Afterwards, Mourinho had his say on the situation, labelling the problem a ‘December injury’.
“This is what I call a December injury,” Mourinho said, per Sky Sports.
“It is an injury of accumulation of fatigue. It is a muscular one. Hamstring. Big, small, medium, I don’t know.”
Honestly, this couldn’t have come at a worse time. Valencia has been playing some sensational football this season, and to be without him for any prolonged period of time would bea huge blow.
The question is then who replaces him. The straightforward option would be to play Matteo Darmian at right-back, or you could switch Ashley Young over to the other flank and give Luke Shaw a real run in the team. It’s situations like this where I wish Timothy Fosu-Mensah was still at the club…