(Image) Antonio Valencia Gives Major Positive News Via Social Media To Allay Fears About His Injury Scare

Antonio Valencia

Manchester United defeated West Bromwich Albion 2-1 on Sunday night but received a huge scare in the final minutes of the match. The scare came not just from the West Brom side but also from the injury scare to captain Antonio Valencia.

The defender was forced off during the game and fans were left worried if this was going to hit our campaign adversely. However, the player took to Instagram, right after the match, to give a positive update on his injury.

The Ecuador international, who is an integral part of the Red Devils on the right-hand side of the defence, was replaced by Marcos Rojo in the 66th minute at the Hawthorns. Right after this, Ashley Young moved to Valencia’s place on the right-hand side of the defence and our performance dipped.

Manager Jose Mourinho admitted after the game that the injury could be “big, small, medium” which actually gave no update on the situation. There is still no news from the United medical staff but the player’s update on the social media was positive.

He indicated his thanks to the support of the fans and their concern for his injury.

“3 points at a hard stadium. Thanks for your support and concern. I am fine and our @manchesterunited won!,” he wrote.

I was worried about the injury because he’s already played seven times in December and Mourinho described his injury as a “December injury”.

We still remain 2nd in the table behind Manchester City by 11 points and although most of the pundits have written off our chances of catching City, there is a sense of confidence at the club that there will be slip-ups from City. In that case, we should be ready to pounce on them.

A big worry for United and Mourinho is the lack of back-up for Valencia. Matteo Darmian is a natural right-back, although Mourinho rarely uses him in that role and prefers him on the left-hand side. This injury scare from Valencia should allow the gaffer to be more receptive to using Darmian or for that matter, Jones in that role.

What do you think? Should we not be looking at reducing the workload of Valencia by benching him for less important games?