Inside the space of 72 hours, the relationship between Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal and 33-year-old Spanish keeper Victor Valdes has completely broken down.
Tongues starting wagging when Man United released their tour party for their pre-season trip to America.
Whilst David De Gea was included, Victor Valdes was omitted from the squad.
Speculation rose as to whether Valdes had been axed by Van Gaal, or alternatively whether the keeper may have picked up an injury. We now have a concrete understanding of what has happened.
Valdes posted a message on Twitter on Wednesday showing that he remained committed to Man United for the upcoming season, but on Wednesday night Van Gaal bashed the stopper at a presser in the US, when he said “he doesn’t follow my philosophy. There’s no place for someone like that”.
The Dutch boss claimed Valdes had refused to play in Under-21 games last season: a claim which the goalie has since publicly rebuffed with a snarky tweet on Thursday morning.
Breaking the situation down, Valdes’s days at Old Trafford are undoubtedly over, and it’s now just a matter of time before the former Barcelona custodian exits the Theatre of Dreams.
Below are the best tweets on the breakdown between Louis van Gaal and Victor Valdes.
Van Gaal's response to Valdes when he meets him back at Carrington… pic.twitter.com/qilH90Dzc5
— MUFC Peoples Person (@PeoplesPerson_) July 16, 2015
— Man Utd Videos ⚽️ (@ManUtdVines) July 16, 2015
— JOE.co.uk (@JOE_co_uk) July 16, 2015
Naff retort by Valdes. The point wasn't that he refused to play in ANY reserve games; it's because he refused to play in more.
— Alex Shaw (@AlexShawESPN) July 16, 2015
Refusing reserve football or not, i'm pretty sure if LvG thought Valdes could be our No 1 he wouldn't be on the way out.
— BeautifullyRed (@BeautifullyRed) July 16, 2015
In a way, the #beef with Valdes must be a relief to Manchester United fans. A whole year without a faling out? That's not like Van Gaal!
— Elko Born (@Elko_B) July 16, 2015
"Yes so just to reiterate, if United fans want a nice decent bloke in charge, I'm willing to give it another go…" pic.twitter.com/6Ej8XlR7Wa
— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) July 16, 2015