Victor Valdes loan move to Standard Liege has been confirmed

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Manchester United have confirmed Victor Valdes' loan move to Belgian outfit Standard Liege this morning.

The agreement ends the Spanish goalkeeper's troubled year-long spell at Old Trafford, during which he made just two appearances for the club at the end of the 2015/16 season.

A statement on the club's official website read: "Manchester United and Standard Liege have reached agreement for the temporary transfer of goalkeeper Victor Valdes, effective until the end of the current season."

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The former Barcelona goalkeeper fell out of favour with Red Devils' boss Louis van Gaal, who accused him of refusing to play for the club's U21 side and buying into his "philosophy".

Since the Dutchman's quotes in the summer, Valdes hasn't appeared for Manchester United, and has been usurped in the pecking order by Sergio Romero - who is currently the number two behind David de Gea.

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Valdes, who signed an 18-month contract on his arrival at Old Trafford, is the fifth player to leave the club on loan. He will become a free-agent in the summer and will be able to join any club he chooses.

The 34-year-old's arrival in Belgium hasn't been welcomed by all; France-born Togolese international Mathieu Dossevi is unhappy that current number one Guillaume Hubert is likely to lose his place. 

"Of course, Valdes is a great player," he said. "But I seriously wonder if we actually need him - and I don’t think so.

“We have a great goalkeeper in Guillaume Hubert. He is a fantastic keeper. Guillaume has been showing brilliant things in goal for our club and the players are all right behind him. “I think that is normal.

"Only thanks to Guillaume we have the chance to qualify for the Belgium Cup final. So why on earth would we want to replace him?”

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