The 31-year-old was heavily linked with a move away from Old Trafford as he failed to establish himself in the side, but under the Portuguese boss, he’s been one of Man United’s standout performers.
He’s made the right-back role his own, making 21 Premier League starts this campaign which have seen him extend his contract last month as Mourinho claimed he’s one of the best in his position around the world.
Speaking about his career at the club, Valencia has been delighted with his time under Mourinho so far.
“I think, when you are playing with confidence, you do things differently. I have to thank the manager in that respect for the backing he has given me,” he said.
“I thank him for his kind words and it’s definitely an extra motivation. I’m working very hard for sure.
“When I arrived at the club, my goal was to try to stay here and remain in the team as long as I could and win trophies along the way. Also to always focus my mind on training hard and getting plenty of rest in order to be able to stay at United for a long time.
“So far this season, things have been going really well for me and, as I said before, it’s the backing of the manager that has given me a real confidence boost.”
He’s pushed Matteo Darmian out of his natural position at right-back and has been able to cement his place in the side as one of our most consistent players.
Valencia has proven his dedication to the course at Old Trafford this campaign as he broke a bone in his right arm earlier in the season, but was back on the field just three weeks later and was then voted as the club’s Player of the Month.