Valencia could return for final two Manchester United matches

Antonio Valencia, who is set to leave Manchester United at the end of 2018-19, has returned to training ahead of the trip to Huddersfield.

Manchester United captain Antonio Valencia has not played since the 2-0 win at Newcastle United on January 2.   -  Getty Images

Antonio Valencia could return for Manchester United's final two games of the Premier League season.

The 33-year-old club captain, who has not played since the 2-0 win at Newcastle United on January 2, trained with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first team on Wednesday.

It means Valencia could be in line to feature against Huddersfield Town on Sunday and Cardiff City on May 12, in what would be his final appearances for the Red Devils.

 

The former Wigan Athletic man is expected to leave United at the end of the season, with the club thought to have chosen not to take up the option to extend his contract.

RELATED | Solskjaer to United: Five players who should be cut loose

Marcus Rashford also took part in Wednesday's session, after managing 65 minutes of the 1-1 draw with Chelsea last Sunday due to a shoulder problem.

United realistically needs to beat Huddersfield and Cardiff to stand a chance of finishing in the Premier League's top four.

The draw with Chelsea leaves it three points behind Maurizio Sarri's side, which sits fourth, while it also has a worse goal difference.

Support Sportstar


Dear Reader,

Support our journalism — where text and pictures intermingle so seamlessly — and help us scale up your experience as the world changes around us. Your contribution is vital to our brand of uninfluenced, boots-on-the-ground reportage that’s worth your while. Clickbait sensationalism is not for us, but editorial independence is — we owe it to you.

Read the Free eBook

  Dugout videos