Antonio Valencia

Combined XI: Manchester United vs. Paris Saint-Germain

Ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League showdown between Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain, Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI from both squads. Manchester United host Paris Saint-Germain in a mouth-watering first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie on Tuesday night. The Red Devils have roared back to form under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has overseen 10 wins and a draw from his 11 matches at the helm so far. However, that unbeaten start will face its toughest test yet on Tuesday as the runaway Ligue 1 leaders PSG continue their bid to lift the Champions League for the first time. Here, Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI, using only players available for Tuesday’s match. Gianluigi Buffon will rightly go down as one of the greatest goa...

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can ‘picture how Man United’s team will look in two years’

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward how he sees Manchester United developing over the coming years, even if he is not there to fulfil the vision. Jose Mourinho lost his job in December as poor performances compounded background issues, with the Old Trafford giants surprisingly turning to a fan favourite for the remainder of the season. Solskjaer is due to return to his job as Molde manager in the summer, but the 1999 treble hero is now bookmakers’ favourite for a job he is understandably keen to stay in. Ed Woodward, centre, has a decision to make over over the next permanent Manchester United manager (Martin Rickett/PA) Nine wins from his first 10 matches in all competitions have helped win over many doubters, providing the Norwegian with a platform on which ...

Next Manchester United boss ‘to be given £200m’

The next permanent manager of Manchester United will reportedly be provided with a budget of £200m to spend on new players. Manchester United have reportedly decided to hand a transfer budget of £200m to the club’s next permanent manager. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed as caretaker boss for the rest of the campaign after Jose Mourinho was removed from his position in December, but the Norwegian did not add to the first-team squad during the January transfer window. However, according to The Sun, club officials have already made the decision to give the next full-time boss the opportunity to make wholesale changes to the team ahead of next season. United have been strongly linked with bringing in a new centre-back and forward, while a fresh face may need to be found at right-back ...

Manchester United to offload first-team trio this summer?

Defensive trio Antonio Valencia, Marcos Rojo and Matteo Darmian will all leave Manchester United this summer, according to a report. Defensive trio Antonio Valencia, Marcos Rojo and Matteo Darmian will all reportedly leave Manchester United at the end of the season. January proved to be a quiet month for United in the transfer market, although Marouane Fellaini left the Red Devils in the latter stages of the window for the Chinese Super League. Valencia – out of contract this summer – was linked with moves to both Fulham and Newcastle United, but reportedly turned down the chance to leave. The 33-year-old will depart United on a free transfer at the end of the season, according to the Manchester Evening News, while the Red Devils will also look to offload Darmian and Rojo. Darm...

Antonio Valencia ‘rejected moves to Fulham, Newcastle United’

Long-serving Manchester United ace Antonio Valencia reportedly rejected approaches from Fulham and Newcastle United to stay at Old Trafford until the end of the season. Antonio Valencia reportedly turned down the chance to leave Manchester United for one of Fulham or Newcastle United on deadline day. The 33-year-old has spent the past decade at Old Trafford but is nearing the end of his latest contract, which does not look like being extended by a further 12 months. Premier League pair Fulham and Newcastle had both been tracking Valencia but, according to The Sun, the winger-cum-defender rejected approaches from both clubs. United were supposedly happy for Ecuador international to move on as he has barely featured under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, only being used in the 2-0 win over...

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