Victor Valdes paying for Manchester United gamble

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Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes is paying for his decision not to prioritise first-team football when he moved to the club back in January. 

The Spaniard has made just two appearances for his new club, having spent the majority of last season playing second fiddle to compatriot David de Gea. 

A feud with manager Louis van Gaal has seen him thrown out into the cold, and with a miserable four months in Manchester now in store the 33-year-old must be ruing his decision to move to Old Trafford rather than Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool. 


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January transfer

Valdes signed on in January having been released by Barcelona at the end of the previous season, with many expecting him to pose a serious threat to De Gea's number one jersey. 

However Van Gaal's reluctance to rotate saw him spend the majority of his time on the substitutes bench and training amongst the under-21 squad as United laboured back into the Champions League following a one-year absence.

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At the time Liverpool were in dire need of a goalkeeper given the woeful form of Belgian shot-stopper Simon Mignolet, and seemingly wanted to secure the services of Valdes.

However his close and personal relationship with Van Gaal, who gave him his debut whilst the pair were at Barcelona, swung the pendulum United's way but with the pair feuding has now created more problems than solutions. 

Possible exit?

Rodgers has managed to help Mignolet transform his fortunes with the Belgian widely praised for his performance in the stalemate with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium at the end of last month. 

Valdes, however, may never play for United again, even if De Gea gets his wish to move to Real Madrid in January and Sergio Romero continues to produce displays of little conviction. 

With the transfer window now shut, the World Cup winner may have to settle for an emergency loan away from Old Trafford in a bid to prove his fitness ahead of the European Championships in the summer. 

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