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Antonio Valencia's chaotic few days leading up to Manchester derby

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Jose Mourinho alluded to it during his Friday press conference, but Antonio Valencia has endured a hectic few days ahead of the Manchester derby.

Speaking during his Friday press conference, the United manager appeared to be upset at the way the right back and some of the Red Devils' other international players had been forced to go through complex travel plans to get back to Old Trafford - while Man City had chartered a private jet to get theirs from A to B.

Now, though, according to a report from The Sun, it looks like Mourinho did have a plan in place for Valencia, and it was one that must have left the Ecuadorian wondering which country he was in at times this week.

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Playing for his country in Peru on Wednesday, there had been speculation that Valencia's participation in today's crunch derby fixture was in doubt because he wouldn't arrive back in Manchester until mid-day Friday.

However, per The Sun, Mourinho was so desperate to have the 31-year-old back in his ranks as soon as possible that he had him fly out of Peru's Lima airport almost immediately after Ecuador's 2-1 defeat. He was on a flight to Europe mere hours after he left the field.

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Valencia's flight only took him to Spain, however, and from there United apparently had to folk out to lay on a private plane to get the winger-turned-defender back on English soil in time for him to take part in United's Thursday morning training session.

Having been in Peru at 4am on Wednesday morning, Valencia was at United's Carrington training ground just over 24 hours later, all because Mourinho insisted that his players had two full days to prepare for their derby fixture against City.

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Considering his chaotic travel plans over the past few days, it will be interesting to see whether Valencia shows any signs of it should he line up for United as expected at 12.30 today.

Mourinho certainly didn't seem too impressed with how things had been arranged when speaking yesterday.

It is a testament to Valencia's importance to the team, though, that they were so desperate to get him back in training as soon as possible, rather than allow him to go through with a more relaxed return home from international duty.

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