Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has indicated Manchester United will not trigger the one-year extension in Antonio Valencia’s contract.
United have until 5pm today to activate the clause in Valencia’s deal to tie him to the club until 2020, otherwise he is expected to leave on a free transfer in the summer. The 33-year-old has started one Premier League game in five months and played just eight times for United all season, amid injury issues and a lack of form.
Ashley Young is firmly established as United’s first-choice right-back and the club bought 19-year-old Diogo Dalot, whom former manager Jose Mourinho said could be United’s right-back ‘for the next 10 years’. Although Solskjaer said in December there are ‘not many better’ full-backs than Valencia, the Ecuadorian has appeared under him just once – against Newcastle on January 2.