3rd October, 2018
Manchester United captain, Antonio Valencia is fully back from an injury break and playing again for his team. He is also talking about the developments at the club. As far as he is concerned, the embattled team manager, Jose Mourinho has 100 percent backing of the club.
The manager can be said to be having a difficult time right now as the team has failed to win a single game in four matches in all competitions now following Tuesday’s goalless draw against Spanish visitors Valencia in the Champions League.
Amid rumours of dressing-room challenges at the club, Mourinho has now gone four consecutive matches without a home win for the first time in his career.
Captain Valencia was asked if he is fully behind his manager and this is was his response:
“One hundred per cent. He is our boss, we have to be with him and we are fighting.”
Aside the talk of a rift between Mourinho and star midfielder Paul Pogba, there were speculations that the captain also had some points of contention with the manager.
Asked about this, Valencia said:
“No, I have never had any problem with anyone, thank God. The decision [about the captaincy] is for the coach to make, now we need to see the positives. We played an important game and got a point, now we have a game against Newcastle and we need to fight.”
“What I can say from the inside is that the lads are calm, working every day with a good attitude. We haven’t got good results and that’s why rumours arise.”
Manchester United’s next game will be against Newcastle United at the Old Trafford on Saturday before the international break.
Left-back Luke Shaw is one player who is seriously concerned about the present situation at the club and he was asked his opinion about the game against Valencia. The following is what he had to say:
“Disappointing because it’s two points dropped at home where we should be getting three points. It’s hard,”
“I think sometimes the tempo was too slow. We need to move the ball quicker and create more chances. We did have chances but we didn’t take them. We should be winning these games. We haven’t won here for a while. We need to fix that with a win against Newcastle on Saturday.
“In the Champions League you need to pick up maximum points. Four points is okay I guess but we should have six. We have Juventus coming here next. You want to be playing against the best teams and maybe that’s what we need – we need a big team to come here and pick ourselves back up again to show we are United.”