Antonio Valencia: Manchester United captain set to leave club in summer

Antonio Valencia: Manchester United captain set to leave club in summer

'Antonio is captain, he's been a great servant but hopefully I can get him on pitch so he can show what he can do'.

He said: "During the time of Alex Ferguson, no one wants to go to Old Trafford, because they knew there is nothing to get.

Teams come and sit behind the ball and it's down to us to break them down, and I'm sure if we go out there and play as well as we can do then we'll be able to get the three points".

"I don't think there's any manager in the world who'll beat me in that respect". I'm delighted with David and his personality is fantastic.

When asked to compare De Gea with previous United goalkeeping greats Peter Schmeichel and Edwin van der Sar, Solskjaer added: "It's hard to compare them, but Edwin and Peter were never player of the year".

'I would say he's the best goalkeeper in the world, but you could say Peter and Edwin were at the time. "Such a humble and confident boy".

Victory in south London kept United on the fringes of the top four and Solskjaer said he had been concerned about the prospect of facing Palace after a testing run of matches, including the Champions League first-leg clash with Paris Saint-Germain, the FA Cup win against Chelsea and the drawn Premier League clash with leader Liverpool.

And on Martial's situation, Solskjaer revealed: "It's the last session today but we're not going to take any risks, maybe Anthony, but it might just be a few more days before he's ready so probably the squad will look similar to what it did at Wednesday".

And let's not forget about the form of Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard, two players who encapsulate the club's philosophy of nurturing homegrown talent. I'll probably start him.

The former England boss added: "We made a few changes to try to get something from the game and, as so often happens against teams of this quality, they find a way of picking you off with a third goal". We've got so much time to get our recovery in, it's more about Saturday afternoon and see if everybody is available again.

This was shown when Fred failed to press Crystal Palace on Wednesday, was poor at winning the ball back and was diabolical with his passing.

Making him permanent sooner rather than later would be wise because it would allow United to start planning for the summer transfer window.

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