Antonio Valencia will be set to make his last ever Manchester United appearance when the Solksjaaer’s men take on Cardiff at Old Trafford on Sunday.
The Red Devils opted against triggering the one-year extension clause in his present contract which expires at the end of the current campaign making him a free agent for the upcoming summer transfer window.
This last past 10-year journey has been very special, an incredible reality that began as a dream in the Center of the World. For 10 years I always played with the flag of my country embroidered on my feet. Thanks to all the people of Ecuador for the support in these 10 years. pic.twitter.com/Ddm0C3q2rj
— Antonio Valencia (@anto_v25) May 9, 2019
The Ecuadorian has enjoyed a glittering ten-year spell at Manchester United having being named Sir Matt Busby player of the season in the 2011-12 season on the top of two Premier League titles, two League Cups, the FA Cup and the Europa League.
Injuries have heavily hampered his final campaign at Old Trafford as he has not made a single appearance since 2nd January, but Solksjaer expects him to be fit enough for one last time.
“I spoke to Antonio yesterday,” Solskjaer said. “He’s not been fit, five or six months I’ve been here. Unfortunately, he’s really struggled.
“But he feels that he could play a part, yes, and I would hope he gets through today and tomorrow and we can give him a nice send off.
“Because he’s been a fantastic servant to the club, he’s been player of the year, he’s been captain at the club, and I think that’s only fair.”
Ander Hererra is another one who is reported to quit Old Trafford at the end of the season after signing a four-year pre-season contract with Paris Saint Germain although no official word has been said in this regard.
🗣 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Ander Herrera: "[He] will announce his future himself soon."
PSG bound? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/VlXcfxi4xh
— Goal (@goal) May 10, 2019
Solksjaer has said that there is no guarantee that the Spaniard would feature as he looks forward to giving the youngsters some playing time against already relegated Cardiff.
“Ander’s probably… he might play,” Solskjaer added. “I don’t know yet, we haven’t picked the team and he’ll probably announce himself later where he’s going to continue his football.
“You never know, [the Cardiff game] might be your last game but it might be the start of some careers as well. We’ve had some young players knocking on the door all season, really, and we’ll start one or two of the kids as well.”