Manchester United boss Antonio Valencia has revealed that he could not be happier playing under Jose Mourinho.
The 32-year-old has been an ever-present in the United team since Mourinho took charge of the Red Devils in the summer of 2016.
Michael Carrick is officially United’s club captain, but Valencia has worn the armband this season in the absence of the experienced midfielder.
The Ecuador international initially struggled to make his mark as a right midfielder for the English giants, but has since developed into one of the best right-backs in the Premier League.
Valencia has paid tribute to Mourinho for allowing him ‘the freedom to play’ as he spoke glowingly about the relationship he shares with the Portuguese.
Valencia told United Review:
“Yes, the season he arrived here, he showed a lot of faith in me from the start. You could even say that he gave me the freedom to play and enjoy my football, and to have an open line of communication with him.
“It’s been like that for the year and a half that we’ve been working together. I’d like to thank him for all his kind words during that period.”
Valencia, who is valued at £9m by transfermarkt.co.uk, should again captain United in Wednesday night’s Champions League group match against Basel.
The Red Devils will continue their Premier League campaign with a home game against Brighton & Hove Albion this weekend.