Photo: Victor Valdes ‘honoured’ to help Man United U-21s beat Liverpool U-21s
Victor Valdes reflects on Manchester United Under-21's 2-1 win against Liverpool Under-21
Victor Valdes says that he was honoured to helped Manchester United’s Under-21 side beat Liverpool Under-21s on Monday night.
The Spain international started his first game after he signed an 18-month contract with the Red Devils earlier this month.
Valdes did concede his first goal as a United goalkeeper after he was beaten by Jerome Sinclair in the first half.
However, former Wigan midfielder Nick Powell levelled for the hosts before Paddy McNair scored a winner after the break.
Valdes posted the above photo and wrote on Instagram: “Was a great honor to win today with the unders 21 in my first game against Liverpoool. Well Done Guys!”
United Under-21 coach Warren Joyce praised the 32-year-old’s impact on his younger team-mates following the goalkeeper’s permanent move to Old Trafford.
Joyce told United’s website: “Victor’s been excellent in the dressing room and not only tonight. When he first came to the club, he was telling us about his time at Barcelona and it’s been good to have him around the lads.
“Obviously, he wants to play in bigger games than this but he treated it like a big game and did everything professionally.”
Valdes, who is a three-time Champions League winner, has spent part of the season training with United after he opted to leave Barcelona at the end of last season.
Liverpool had been heavily linked with a move for the former Barcelona shot stopper as Brendan Rodgers looks to sign competition for struggling No1 Simon Mignolet.