Man United’s Victor Valdes must prove himself, says Louis van Gaal

Louis van Gaal discusses Victor Valdes' progress since his Manchester United move

Louis van Gaal says Victor Valdes must prove himself with the Manchester United second-string before the goalkeeper is given a chance to shine in the first-team.

The Spain international signed an 18-month deal with the Red Devils in the January transfer after he quit La Liga giants Barcelona at the end of last season.

The 33-year-old hasn’t played first-team football since the Spanish shot stopper injured his knee during a Barcelona game in March 2014.

And United manager Van Gaal appeared to rule out the possibility of Valdes making his debut against Preston North End in the FA Cup on Monday night.

“When you are out for more than a year, first of all you have to show yourself at a lower level,” Van Gaal is quoted as saying by London Evening Standard.

“He has to do it in the second team. Like Ashley Young is doing that, like Michael Carrick has to do that. It is always the same. I think it is normal.”

Valdes won six La Liga titles and three Champions League crowns during a distinguished
Barcelona career which started under Van Gaal in the early noughties.

United number one David De Gea has been linked with a big-money move to Real Madrid in recent weeks.

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