Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal explains Antonio Valencia substitution following derby draw

by Tanveer Arayan

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has confirmed that Antonio Valencia picked up an injury in the derby draw against Manchester City on Sunday.

Man United were held to a dull 0-0 draw at Old Trafford as they failed to break down City. Valencia started the game at right-back ahead of Matteo Darmian and dealt well with the threat of Raheem Sterling on City’s left wing.

The Ecuadorian was taken off with a little less than 10 minutes remaining in the game and was replaced by Darmian.

Valencia hobbled off after receiving treatment and van Gaal admitted that the full-back had picked up a knock in the first half.

“He had a kick on his foot in the first half. He played on but at the end he couldn’t continue,” van Gaal said.

It was an encouraging display from Valencia, who did well at both ends of the pitch. Sterling found it difficult to get past the defender and Valencia was always an extra option for Juan Mata when Man United looked to get forward. However, as with the rest of the team, there was a lack of quality in the final third and the killer pass could never be found, meaning a draw was all United could muster.

Valencia will be happy to be getting an extended run int he side after falling out of favour since the arrival of Darmian. His performance against City will do him no harm in his bid to secure a regular starting berth and he will be hoping that the injury he picked up does not keep him out of action for an extended period of time.

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