Manchester United this week agreed a deal for another bizarre Louis van Gaal signing to go out on loan for the rest of the season.
Spanish legend Victor Valdes Tweeted that he has signed for Standard Liege in Belgium:
Valdes arrived at Manchester United at a time of great uncertainty surrounding the future of David de Gea.
He came on as a substitute for the final 16 minutes against Arsenal last season before making his full debut against Hull.
He was a real mixed bag for Manchester United with a few exceptional saves and some real clangers which perhaps betrayed his lack of top level game time after a lengthy knee injury.
Then he fell out with Louis van Gaal who suggested that the keeper had refused to play for the reserves and the Spaniard has been in exile pretty much ever since.
Van Gaal said at the time:
“He is not selected because he does not follow my philosophy. There is not one place for one player – the philosophy is how you play football and how you maintain your match rhythm. For example, he refused last year to play in our second team.”
And Valdes responded on Twitter by showing the games that he did indeed play for the reserves:
Valdes may not be the easiest person to manage. But when you also look at the treatment of Angel di Maria, who said recently….
‘Van Gaal has his philosophy and one of the things that made me want to leave is that,’
‘It is difficult to adapt to Van Gaal. I had a couple of rows with him.’
….and Memphis this season, it does seem as if Louis van Gaal’s man-mangemeent skills are somewhat questionable.
Valdes deserves huge respect for his achievements in the game and would have been a wonderful number 2 and sparring partner for fellow Spaniard David de Gea.
Alas it’s another one which didn’t quite work out for Manchester United.
And we would be very surprised if the player returned to Old Trafford while the Dutchman is at the helm.
Let’s hope Memphis isn’t the next to feel disenchanted enough to want a move.