Jose met the media of the world today, ahead of Manchester United’s midweek clash against a Crystal Palace side who will provide a stern test. The winter period is well in full swing now, and it’s going to be a hectic few weeks for the players, so Mourinho needs to rest and rotate his squad.
That didn’t stop Jose Mourinho heaping the praise on our 31-year-old right-back, who is playing some stellar football to kick off the 2016/17 campaign.
“It’s a loss as he is playing phenomenally and having a great season.” The Daily Express quote our manager as saying.
“He likes to attack and was previously a winger, so he’s happy with the way the team plays.”
“But he’s suspended and that’s football, a feature of that, and we have to trust other players.” The gaffer ended.
Jose is 100% spot on. I’d personally go as far as saying that Valencia is probably the best performing right-back in the Premier League at the moment, and that is testament to his character as a person. Let’s not forget, it wasn’t that long ago he was ruled out for way over six months after suffering a horrific injury.
Now he’s become a mainstay in the Manchester United starting eleven, and although he’ll only be out for one game, it is a huge miss.
In terms of replacements, the most obvious choice would be bringing in Ashley Young to play there. Either that, or switch Matteo Darmian to right-back and play Daley Blind on the left-hand side.