Antonio Valencia reacts to receiving red card against Real Salt Lake City

by Leo Nieboer

Antonio Valencia has reacted to receiving a red card during Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake City on Monday night, noting that his challenge was “childish”.

The Ecuadorian left Sebastian Saucedo in a heap with a meaty challenge from behind in the second half – a yellow card offence – and surprisingly received his marching orders.

Jose Mourinho revealed at full time that the referee offered him the chance to substitute Valencia before sending him off but the Portuguese refused to swap the 31-year-old for somebody else as he didn’t believe the challenge merited a red.

But Valencia, when questioned about the incident, made it clear that he would learn from – and not complain about – the incident moving forward.

The Ecuadorian is not the type of individual to complain and scrutinise. His job is to give everything on the pitch and he would have been disappointed to have his evening cut short, even if the red card he received was nothing short of laughable. The referee only appeared to consider sending him off once he realised Saucedo was injured, which criminally goes against the maxim that the nature of the challenge – and not the impact – dictates decisions.

Thankfully, his sending off does not translate to a one game suspension, and supporters will hope to see him inflicting more pain on Manchester City on Thursday,

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