Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Ref Asked to Have Valencia Subbed before Red Card

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Ref Asked to Have Valencia Subbed before Red Card

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JOSE Mourinho revealed the referee asked him to substitute Antonio Valencia before he sent him off in United's friendly win over Real Salt Lake.

Valencia flattened Real Salt Lake's Sebastian Saucedo after he injured Juan Mata, who was forced off just 15 minutes after his half-time introduction. There was a lengthy delay between Valencia committing the challenge and the American referee dismissing the United rightback, as Mourinho was spoken to. Once the discussion was finished, the official walked over to Valencia and expelled him.

"I think the delay was because the referee asked me to change the player and I didn't," Mourinho explained. "Because I don't agree with the card. Because Saucedo, I think is the name of the boy, he was really aggressive during all of the second-half, with what happened to Mata and some other actions where it was a bit dangerous, which I understand. …

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