It’s safe to say Victor Valdes’ 18-month spell at Old Trafford was one to forget. The Spanish goalkeeper signed for the Red Devils back in October 2014 having spent 12 successful years at Barcelona, winning 21 trophies including three Champions Leagues.
Having signed on a free transfer, the move deemed to be a spectacular one, however, that proved not to be the case.
There was no doubt that the arrival of the shot-stopper would bring excitement to the United camp but having only featured twice since his free transfer, the move proved to take a turn for the worse regarding his career. One and a half years on, Valdes is expected to put pen to paper on a deal to join Standard Liege on loan until the end of the season.
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There has been no confirmation as to why the highly experienced goalkeeper failed to get any sort of game time under Louis van Gaal. However, one thing’s for sure, the vibe between him and the club failed to make ends meet.
In the summer, the United manager openly claimed that Valdes had no future at the club. This came following the World Cup winner’s refusal to play for the reserves and kick-started the 18-month controversy.
There was a lack of respect made from the club towards the 34-year-old throughout his United spell albeit Valdes may have also to shoulder a portion of the blame.
Prior to the 2015-16 campaign, the goalkeeper was stripped of his squad number and forced to train away from the first-team - prompting speculation to mount surrounding his future. Adding salt to Valdes’ wounds, a proposed escape route to Turkish club Besiktas broke down on deadline day due to a disagreement over personal terms.
Knowing the Spaniard was to stay at Old Trafford until January surely would have allowed both parties to make amends; however, United continued in their pursuit to drive the star out of Old Trafford.
Valdes wasn’t invited to the club’s Unicef Gala dinner in November which triggered more anger - this time from the goalkeeper’s wife, who blasted the club over social media.
Although Valdes may have done something behind the scenes to cause such conflict in the United camp, a player of his calibre and experience is exactly what they needed.
The former Barca ‘keeper would have been the only one to pile pressure on the Reds’ current number one David de Gea. There is no doubt Valdes could have played a major part in United’s attempts of retaining silverware but off the field antics between the two parties could mean their relationship is beyond repair.