— Victor Valdes (@1victorvaldes) January 25, 2016
Victor Valdes has posted his first picture from Standard Liege, who he’s joined on loan from Manchester United, thus ending his annus horribilis at Old Trafford.
The Catalan keeper was signed by Louis van Gaal last January, but played just 2 Premier League games in his 12 months in Manchester, where he never managed to displace David De Gea.
But that wasn’t his only problem: even had he been good enough, he still wouldn’t have played, as Louis van Gaal ostracized him for refusing to turn out for the U21s any longer.
That meant that Valdes found himself essentially banished from the first team for the past 6 months, and consigned to training alone.
And having just arrived at Liege, he’s already been told he’s surplus to requirements.
Liege’s Mathieu Dossevi has publicly questioned the decision to bring Valdes in – as if he needed any more headaces.
Dossevi told the Mirror:
‘Of course, Valdes is a great player. 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?”