Manchester United will be looking to make changes in the winter window, which might include players being moved on to pastures new.
Jose Mourinho has revealed that the current Manchester United team is still ‘far’ from being a Mourinho team. The Portuguese, who is known to impose his ideas wherever he goes, is yet to do it at Old Trafford. With time seemingly running out and the pressure to deliver mounting, the club might witness changes in the coming months. And it is high time some players are relieved of their duties, including the current club captain.
Valencia’s days numbered?
The Daily Mail claim Antonio Valencia could head out the exit door as early as January. The 33-year-old fell out with the manager after the Champions League home game against Valencia, after liking a social media post criticising Mourinho. The player soon issued a public apology and also a personal one to the Portuguese.
But it seems like the relationship is broken beyond repair as Jose openly mocked the player with regards to his social media activities. The South American is reportedly furious with the treatment he is being given and might look elsewhere when the January window opens.
Should Valencia be sold? – Opinion
Antonio Valencia’s form has dropped off the cliff this season. He is the longest-serving player currently at the club and there is enough evidence to show why his time is up. The Ecuadorian, who was converted as a fullback, is guilty of a lot of positional errors. These errors have directly or indirectly led to goal scoring opportunities for the opposition.
Even if we ignore his defensive issues, he hasn’t even been decent in attack considering he was a winger by trade. He always lacks ideas in an attacking sense and isn’t even good a crossing from wide areas. Being frustratingly one footed doesn’t help his cause. He is also very sterile in possession and massively slows the tempo of the game, often passing it back to the centre-halves or the goalkeeper.
The gulf in class between him and someone like Kyle Walker is clearly visible here. Despite posting similar numbers to his Manchester United counterpart, Walker contributes massively to the team buildup in an attacking sense.
Given Pep Guardiola’s possession-heavy philosophy, the Englishman’s contribution to the buildup play is more valuable than clearances or blocks. If Walker played under a more pragmatic coach, there would undoubtedly be a spike in his defensive numbers.
Manchester United shouldn’t hesitate to move Valencia out of the club. While he has given his everything to the team, the only thing left now is mediocrity, unfortunately. A club like United is expected to challenge for all major honours. In such cases, it is important to maintain standards and execute them ruthlessly.