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Valencia is hit by 'December' injury.

Byline: SAMUEL LUCKHURST samuel.luckhurst@men-news.co.uk @MANUTDMEN

ANTONIO Valencia was forced off with a hamstring injury during United's win over West Brom.

The 32-year-old was substituted in the 66th minute after going down on the far touchline and was replaced by Marcos Rojo, as Ashley Young switched from left to rightback.

United defended shakily without Valencia, with Rojo culpable for Gareth Barry's 77th-minute goal before he offered the hosts encouragement by carelessly conceding a corner.

Valencia has started all 16 of United's Premier League matches this season, but that run could come to an end at Leicester on Saturday.

"This is what I call a December injury," Mourinho said.

"It is an injury of accumulation of fatigue. It is a muscular one.

Hamstring.

"Big, small, medium, I don't know.

Let's wait. I think he is an experienced guy to not let it go to difficult limits.

"But it is an injury of fatigue. Everyone in the Premier League, especially the ones in more accumulation of cups, European cups, they are at risk."

United were 2-0 up at half-time through goals from Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard but came under intense pressure as West Brom threatened an equaliser. Mourinho was asked whether the players succumbed to nerves.

"Complicated question, complicated answer," Mourinho added. "But the only thing I can say is they are human beings and if you try like they did based on my experience, my personality, when my team is winning it keeps an emotional balance.

"And we don't do a circus and when we are losing and not in a happy moment we try not to be depressed and keep our balance, so I think it is important but with human beings, happiness plays a part in performances."

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Date:Dec 18, 2017
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