Manchester United captain Antonio Valencia’s relationship with Jose Mourinho has all but broken down, according to a report.
United boss Mourinho is understood to barely be on speaking terms with the player, who has made four starts in the Premier League this season.
The Daily Mail report that Valencia has incurred the wrath of Mourinho for or not attending last week’s Carabao Cup defeat to Derby County at Old Trafford.
Valencia, 33, was subsequently dropped from the 18 for the trip to West Ham and he named Ashley Young at right-back. It was the third different right-back Mourinho had picked in three games after Diogo Dalot got the nod for the defeat against Derby.
At yesterday’s news conference Mourinho admitted that some of his squad are more committed than others, but refused to name names.
“I think that some care more than others. (Will you say who?) No,” said Mourinho.
Valencia, who made 39 appearances last season and was the main right-back, is not the first player to have had differences with Mourinho this term with Paul Pogba dropped from his role at vice-captain last week after the draw with Wolves.
It’s understood that Anthony Martial, Alexis Sanchez, Eric Bailly and Andreas Pereira are all supportive of Pogba.
On the eve of the season Mourinho, who last season publicly criticised Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw, blasted Valencia for the player’s lack of fitness after coming back from pre-season.
The right-back suffered a calf injury and left the club’s tour of America, leaving Mourinho short of defenders.
“Antonio came from holiday, I think too much holiday for him,” Mourinho said. “His condition was not good when he was back.”