After a slow start to the season, things appear to be turning around for Man Utd. Jose Mourinho’s men have already suffered a couple of disappointing losses, but after a commanding win over Young Boys, the Red Devils appear to have gained some more quality.
It was always going to take a few weeks for Jose Mourinho’s team to settle in and really find their feet, and heading into the second part of the Premier League season, they appear to have found their form.
Over the course of the season, the Red Devils desperately need to continue to improve, as only constant development will be able to help bring major and continual success to Old Trafford. That’s on Jose Mourinho’s part, too, as one thing that the Portuguese has struggled to do so far is find his preferred team.
Many of the players that he’s stuck with so far this season after the last campaign simply haven’t been up to par, and in the long-run, he needs to think about changing a few of them.
One player that arguably shouldn’t be in the team in the long-term is Antonio Valencia.
Now, you can’t take anything away from Valencia when it comes to his quality. He’s been one of the Premier league’s most consistent players over the years, and even more recently, he’s been solid. However, there is no denying that he is lacking somewhat defensively. Jose Mourinho teams have often, in the past, been build on a foundation of defensive solidity, and at present, the Red Devils just don’t have that. He’s fine defensively, and he’s occasionally great, but that lack of consistency and top-tier quality is a problem.
Not to mention, Jose Mourinho must be thinking to the future, and at 33-years-old, Valencia certainly isn’t a long-term solution. He’s at an age now in which he’s only going to get worse, and that’s a dangerous road for the Red Devils to go down if they’re relying on him as their only option.
That’s without even mentioning Diogo Dalot. The young defender came into the Maan Utd team on Wednesday to take on Young Boys, and he looked good. He’s undoubtedly one of Europe’s brightest young talents, and he’s now proven that he’s able to take over the reigns in the first team.
For Man Utd, then, it makes little sense to persist with Valencia long-term, and it’s time for Mourinho to make a change before it’s too late.
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