Antonio Valencia is set to miss the entire season after suffering an agonising leg break and ankle dislocation last night. The injury, which was almost as horrific as Manchester United’s unimaginative display against Rangers, required an operation this morning as the Ecuadorian winger begins the long and painful road to recovery.
But what should Sir Alex Ferguson do to replace Valencia in the team?
Ferguson’s likely options include shifting Nani to the right-wing and playing Ryan Giggs and Park Ji-Sung more often than previously thought likely. With Dimitar Berbatov in great form, Ferguson could also choose to shift Wayne Rooney to the left-wing in a 4-3-3 formation.
However, left-field choices could be to bring French winger Gabriel Obertan into the side, promote new signing Bebé or look to an academy side packed with talented, if untested, youngsters.
Finally Ferguson could dip into the transfer market this January, after all the manager still claims to have money available.