Manchester United finally secured a home victory in the Premier League this afternoon – courtesy of a stunning goal from Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The Red Devils closed the gap on the top four to six points, but the game was marred somewhat by a needless suspension suffered by Antonio Valencia.
The Ecuadorian went into the referee’s book for an awful tackle on Danny Rose, which was his fifth card of the season; meaning he’ll now be handed a one-game ban.
Manchester United took to Twitter immediately after the incident and confirmed that our right-back will miss the trip down South to Crystal Palace on Wednesday night.
32' – Yellow card. Antonio Valencia goes into the book for a challenge on Danny Rose. He'll now be suspended for our trip to Crystal Palace.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 11, 2016
This really isn’t ideal for Jose Mourinho. The 31-year-old has been a real mainstay in the right-back slot this campaign, and it gives the gaffer a problem for the midweek game.
In my opinion, it’d be absolutely wonderful to see Timothy Fosu-Mensah given a real chance in the Premier League, but a more likely option would be Ashley Young playing there – or even Matteo Darmian switching to the right and Daley Blind coming in to play on the left.