Valencia is set to leave Old Trafford on a free transfer due to a clause in his contract.
Although football fans usually tend to greet the worldwide break with frustration and annoyance, I think I speak for all Manchester United fans when I say that I was in fact relieved.
United legend Sir Alex Ferguson is believed to have given the 51-year-old his backing, as the pressure continues to mount on Mourinho.
The Red Devils find themselves down in 8th place after eight games, and a sizeable seven points adrift of rivals Man City, Chelsea and Liverpool, who lead the way at October's worldwide break.
The 23-year-old left-back sees his current deal expire next summer, but is poised to recommit his future at Old Trafford after returning to the first-team fold under Jose Mourinho.More news: Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs take first loss in Mahomes' 7 starts
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The club want to keep the Serbia global until the summer as they believe his price could increase.
Mourinho will head to his former stomping ground once the worldwide break is over, with a trip to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea when the Premier League campaign resumes.