Victor Valdes finally has relief from the total disaster his short Manchester United career became.
The Spaniard signed with the Red Devils in early January of last year after the expiry of his Barcelona contract, and while it initially appeared to be a positive signing, giving the club someone to push David De Gea, it soon broke down into a war of words between Valdes and Louis Van Gaal. Valdes refused to play for the reserve team, causing van Gaal to banish him from the training ground.
Manchester United announced Sunday that the 34-year-old has been loaned to Belgian club Standard Liege until the end of the season.
Even just a few hours after the announcement, Valdes already has some skeptics at his new club. “Personally, I’m a bit divided,” Standard winger Mathieu Dossevi told RTL Sports. “Obviously, Valdes is a very good player, a great player, but the signing was not where it was most needed. [Current Standard starting goalkeeper] Guillaume [Hubert] is a very good player for us at the moment, so why replace him?”
But there’s no guarantee that the signing is intended to replace Hubert. The loan move’s official release on Standard’s website read, “His arrival will be a great opportunity for our young goalkeepers to develop themselves. Victor will bring over his year-long experience and the youth will get advice of one of the best goalkeepers in the world in the next few months.”