Manchester United skipper Antonio Valencia has issued an apology on Twitter for liking an Instagram post that called for manager Jose Mourinho to get the sack after the Red Devils’ lacklustre start to the season.
Valencia and Mourinho have had a frosty relationship since the Portuguese manager criticised the right-back’s fitness during pre-season but things threatened to unravel on Tuesday.
The club were miffed at the skipper letting his thoughts go public and that’s why the Ecuadorian was forced to make an apology via his Twitter handle:
Yesterday, I liked a post on Instagram without reading the text that accompanied the picture. These are not my views and I apologise for this. I am fully supportive of the manager and my teammates. We are all giving our everything to improve the results. pic.twitter.com/bMEsrAwMkh
— Antonio Valencia (@anto_v25) October 3, 2018
Valencia joins a growing list of stars not seeing eye-to-eye with their beleaguered manager amidst talk of the Special One getting replaced.
Anthony Martial, Alexis Sanchez and most notably, Paul Pogba are reportedly not in the manager’s good books at the moment.
United got knocked out of the Carabao Cup last week at the hands of minnows Derby County and their exploits in the Premier League haven’t been anything to write home about either.
Currently in 10th place, eight points behind leaders Manchester City, United are winless in four games (all competitions).
Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with Valencia at Old Trafford in the UEFA Champions League didn’t help matters and the Red Devils will seek to turn things around when they host struggling Newcastle United for a Premier League fixture on Saturday.
Should the Magpies secure a shock win at the Theatre of Dreams, Mourinho may get the sack with Zinedine Zidane reportedly waiting in the wings.