Victor Valdes hits out at Louis van Gaal

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Victor Valdes has hit back at Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal after he criticised the goalkeeper for allegedly refusing to play for the club's reserve side last season.

Van Gaal confirmed last night in a scathing press conference that Valdes would be leaving the club having been left out of the pre-season tour to north America.

The Dutch boss claimed Valdes, who joined on an 18-month contract in January and made two league appearances last season, didn't 'follow my philosophy' and would therefore be moved on this summer. 


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After unveiling Manchester United's four new summer signings at a press conference Van Gaal turned on Valdes, and criticised the 33-year-old for refusing to play with the reserves.

"He is not selected because he does not follow our philosophy," said the Dutch coach. "There is no place for one player [who does not do do that]. "The philosophy is how you play football and how you maintain your match rhythm.

"For example, he refused last season to play in the second team. That's also one aspect of our philosophy but there are a lot of other aspects of how you have to play in our philosophy in Manchester United.

"When you are not willing to follow the principles of the philosophy, then there is only one way - and that is out."

Old Trafford exit

Asked for confirmation he was selling Valdes, Van Gaal replied: "Yes. For us it is a big disappointment because we thought he would follow our philosophy. It's a pity because we have given him the opportunity to rehabilitate and also gave a contract to him of course."

Valdes took exception to Van Gaal's remarks this morning, posting a picture which illustrated the games he had played for the reserves last season along with a shot of him in the dressing room. The caption read: ".....? #respect". 

Previously the former Barcelona man had tweeted that he was training hard ahead of the new Premier League season, but he is now on the lookout for a new club. He has been linked with a move to Turkey and Analyaspor's press officer, Hasan Ali Ceylan, told Eurosport earlier this week that talks had begun over a potential move.

Manchester United are in danger of starting the new campaign without either of their two 'keepers from last season, with David de Gea also said to be close to an exit. The Spanish international has one year left on his contract and has so far refused to sign an extension amidst interest from Real Madrid.

When asked about De Gea's future yesterday, Van Gaal replied: "I cannot say anything. His attitude is fantastic. It is stupid to ask."


Van Gaal has lit a fire under his squad and no one can accuse him of sitting on the fence. The Manchester United boss has said repeatedly that he will not tolerate any perceived laziness or an unwillingness to buy into his ideas entirely.

That approach will of course inspire devotion amongst some and rub others up the wrong way. If results go against him next season then expect more to start falling into the latter camp.

Has Van Gaal just made the first big mistake of his Manchester United career? 

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