Cape Town - Jose Mourinho is readying
himself for another stop-start season from Antonio Valencia after the
Manchester United captain limped off against San Jose Earthquakes.
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The Ecuador international, who has taken
over the armband from Michael Carrick on a permanent basis, lasted just seven
minutes of his team's pre-season friendly at the Levi's Stadium on Sunday.
Valencia missed eight games for United last
term due to injury, and Mourinho expects more of the same in the 2018/19 campaign
after his latest problem.
"He is injured," the Red Devils
boss confirmed to MUTV.
"And I think we need to get used to it
because last season he was already in this kind of situation and probably this
season we will have more than that."
With new signing Diogo Dalot ruled out
until September with an injury of his own, Matteo Darmian is the only
recognised right-back in Mourinho's squad ahead of the new campaign.
United take on Leicester in their Premier
League opener on August 10, although they still have to play Milan, Liverpool
and Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup.