You know things are bad at Manchester United when Antonio Valencia could leave the club in the middle of the season.
According to a bombshell report in The Times of London, Valencia is considering his future and could depart in January for greener pastures. The 33-year-old hasn’t played a Premier League match in three months despite being named club captain over the summer, as Mourinho has often went with Ashley Young or Matteo Darmian in league games. Valencia did play in Man United’s 2-1 defeat to Valencia CF.
The Ecuadorian veteran has sacrificed a lot in his career for Man United. Since joining in 2009 from Wigan, Valencia accepted moving back from an attacking right winger to playing right midfield and eventually right back or right wing back. And yet, despite the sacrifice and work defensively, Mourinho hasn’t trusted him this season.
Valencia leaving says a lot about the current situation at Man United, where even club favorites feel they are not respected enough. Should Valencia leave, it would be a great mid-season pickup for any Premier League side.