Louis van Gaal says Victor Valdes needs to prove his worth with the Manchester United reserves before he can make the step up to the first team.
The former Barcelona ace penned an 18-month deal in January having trained with the Red Devils following his departure from the Catalan club at the end of his contract last year.
Valdes suffered a serious knee injury which wrecked his chances of going to the World Cup in Brazil over the summer, and is yet to make his full debut for Manchester United. In fact he's only made one appearance for the reserves in the 2-1 win against Liverpool and Van Gaal says that's where he will stay until he finds his rhythm again.
"When you are out for more than a year, first of all you have to show yourself at a lower level," Van Gaal said of the 33-year-old.
"He has to do it in the second team. Like Ashley Young is doing that, like Michael Carrick has to do that. It is always the same. I think it is normal."
Valdes won six La Liga titles with Barcelona and also the Champions League, and said upon his arrival at Manchester United that 'no one is happy to be number two' in reference to rival David de Gea.
The 24-year-old has been in superb form this season and is undisputed number one - however doubts remain over his future. As yet Manchester United have been unable to convince him to extend his current contract which runs out in under 18 months time, amidst rumours of a potential move to Real Madrid.