How we miss the Premier League on the international break, but with top flight domestic football being out of action, it also means football managers across the country are given an extra of week tweaking formations and transfers.
Just a heads up though, next weekend’s fixtures are a little awkward with the timing of the South American World Cup qualifiers – you can thank us later.
Antonio Valencia, the Man United right-back has started the season in brilliant fashion. The Ecuadorian has already bagged 18 points, helping United to two clean sheets, and in turn being nominated for the Premier League’s Player of the Month.
Which is why you can understand Jose Mourinho’s concern, as the Man United defender’s chances of featuring in the Manchester derby are slim. Valencia will be away with Ecuador until the day before the big game – 10th of September – and we all know our precious and pampered footballers can’t cope with travelling.
With the potential absence of Valencia, the ‘Special One’ will turn to Phil Jones or Matteo Darmian next Saturday, cue Pep gameplan: attack-the-right at all costs.
The United boss has also raised concern over other South American players…
“Some are coming back on the Monday before the Manchester City match but some are coming back on Friday. The day before Man City, we will still have Sergio Romero, Marcos Rojo and Antonio Valencia arriving”.
However, we doubt Romero and Rojo feature in anyone’s (no-one’s) FF.
It could well be that Sergio Aguero is also missing in action due to that recent elbow on Winston Reid, meaning that 99% of FF managers will be moving the striker to the bench or transferring the Citizen out the team.
It doesn’t matter which way you look at the news, this is a vintage Mourinho moment, and it’s only three weeks into the season. Bringing up some scapegoat already, just in case the Portuguese doesn’t get the result he wants next Saturday. I’m sure it will either be the South American confederation’s fault for the fixture scheduling, or the English FA for not banning Aguero from Manchester completely.