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Man Utd fullback Valencia apologises for red card

Manchester United fullback Antonio Valencia has apologised to fans for his red card against Real Salt Lake.

Valencia was shown a straight red card after crashing through the back of Sebastian Saucedo in the second half of United's 2-1 win in Utah.

The referee offered United boss Jose Mourinho the chance to substitute Valencia to avoid him being dismissed.

But Mourinho refused - leaving the match official with no choice but to send him off.

Saucedo left the ground on crutches and facing a long spell on the sidelines.

Ecuador international Valencia said: "It was my fault. I hope that it doesn't happen in an important competition like the Premier League or the Champions League.

"It was a friendly, but I want to apologise to the fans and my team. I hope it will not happen in the future.

"It was my mistake. The boy was very excited, he wound me up a bit and I hope it doesn't happen in the future."

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