Antonio Valencia of Manchester United picked up a knock during Manchester United derby match with city rivals of the Etihad stadium and manager Louis Van Gaal has revealed that it was a knock which prompted the player to be substituted, per Manchester United official website.
The right back started the match and was doing very well for the Red Devils but picked up a knock in in the first half. But he was eventually substituted in the second half after he could continue. Even though Rooney had a knock too, the England captain saw the game to conclusion.
After the match, Louis Van Gaal faced the press and said:
“He had a kick on his foot in the first half and then I let Darmian warm up on the touchline,” Van Gaal told MUTV.
“But then he played further. However, at the end, he could not continue.”
Under Louis Van Gaal, Valencia had been the first choice for the right back position but since the acquisition of Darmian, the Ecuador international has played less games and his choice for the position was surprising yesterday.
However, Valencia did very well in the game; he kept Raheem Sterling at alms length and justified his selection. It is unclear how long he will be out but he will miss United’s Capital One cup game against Middlesborough.
Darmian has been the main player for the right back position for Chelsea but has been suspect for some games. After Valencia’s show-off of yesterday, he might be handed more playing time against the aforementioned Italian.