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Valencia Not Injured, Dropped by Mourinho for Tactical Decision

captain has revealed that a “tactical decision” by manager Jose Mourinho is keeping him out of the side, with his absence not down to any fitness issues.

The 33-year-old defender is club captain at , but has taken in an eventful 2018-19 campaign.

He started the season nursing a knock and found himself back on the sidelines in early October.

A slip out of the starting XI coincided with Valencia liking an Instagram post calling for Mourinho to be sacked by the United board.

The Ecuadorian apologised for his actions, which he put down to a simple mistake, and claimed to be “fully supportive” of his manager.

Mourinho has, however, kept him out of action and Valencia has revealed after netting for his country in a clash with Peru that a lack of domestic football is down to being dropped.

He told Area Deportiva: “Right now I haven’t been playing, but it’s more of a tactical decision.

“The player who has been in my place [] has been playing well. You have to respect the decision.

“The only thing I can do is prepare and be ready for when he [Mourinho] needs me and be in the right condition to compete. I’m calm right now and I know I’ll get an opportunity to play again.

“The relationship with Mourinho has always been a good one.”

Valencia has lost both his place on the team and his captaincy to Ashley Young.

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