Jose Mourinho is facing a bit of a dilemma already this season for Manchester United after reports have emerged on one of his key player’s fitness.
Antonio Valencia, who has often featured as captain for the Red Devils this season, doesn’t appear to be as invincible as everyone initially thought.
Fans often complimented the Ecuadorian for his fitness and stamina but it appears his age may have finally caught up with him.
The full-back is currently 32 years old and it would make sense to slowly start to manage his game time in order to get the best out of him.
Valencia has been at Manchester United since 2009 and hasn’t missed too many games whether he was playing further up the field as a winger or at the back as a full-back.
His seniority and experience has led to Mourinho often captaining the Ecuadorian in Michael Carrick‘s absence, leading the United team out well in a great start to the season.
However, reports have emerged and according to ESPN, some of United’s staff have raised some concerns on the defender’s health.
These reports claim that these concerns were raised as early as last season and it’s what explains Valencia’s absence in the Red Devil’s line-up towards the end of last year’s Premier League campaign.
Apparently Mourinho plans to do the same this year and aims to rest Antonio whenever possible to keep him fresh for more serious games.
Jose clearly loves the versatile defender, once claiming he was the best in the world in his position and should United wish to keep him in tip-top condition, a rest may certainly be due.