Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Valencia Set to Captain United in Stockholm

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Valencia Set to Captain United in Stockholm

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ANTONIO Valencia is set to be United's captain for the Europa League final against Ajax in Stockholm.

But will the Reds' players' player of the year for 2016-17 pick up the trophy if Jose Mourinho's team beat the Dutch? At the start of the season Mourinho stuck with Louis van Gaal's choice of Wayne Rooney as skipper, with Michael Carrick as vice-captain and Chris Smalling third in line.

But 31-year-old Valencia was promoted to the role in both legs of the European semi-final against Celta Vigo.

Rooney and Carrick were unused substitutes in Spain, while Smalling was injured.

in the return at Old Trafford, that saw United through to the final in Sweden, Smalling was still sidelined and Rooney and Carrick only came on as subs.

Antonio Valencia It is unlikely the two seniors - Rooney and Carrick - will make Mourinho's XI in Stockholm. …

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