Manchester United captain Antonio Valencia has insisted that he is not injured, but instead he has been dropped by Jose Mourinho.
Valencia hasn’t featured for Manchester United since October 2 in the 0-0 draw with Valencia at Old Trafford in the Champions League, with the converted full-back picking up an injury.
However, he has returned to fitness and has been posting pictures of him training via his social media, and made his first outing in Ecuador’s 2-0 win over Peru on Friday, playing 81 minutes in Lima.
In Valencia’s absence, Jose Mourinho has played his other converted winger, Ashley Young, at right back but speaking back in his homeland, Valencia has hinted that he has been fit for a while, and has simply not been selected by the ruthless United boss.
“Right now I haven’t been playing, but it’s more of a tactical decision,” Valencia told Ecuadorean publication Area Deportiva.
“The player who has been in my place (Young) has been playing well. You have to respect the decision.”
With Jose Mourinho’s job thought to have been on the line last month as Manchester United have endured one of their worst starts to a season in decades, Valencia ‘accidentally’ liked a post on Instagram calling for the managers head, following reports that the pair were ‘barely on speaking terms’.
Mourinho has since had a pop at the 32-year-old for telling his social media following that he was fit, when he supposedly wasn’t.