Man Utd’s Victor Valdes reflects on ‘incredible’ Red Devils debut

Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes speaks about his Old Trafford debut on Sunday

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Victor Valdes has reflected on his “incredible” Manchester United debut at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

The former Barcelona goalkeeper was called into action after United number one David De Gea was forced off with a hamstring problem.

Valdes has found his first-team opportunities limited since he moved to Old Trafford on a free transfer in the January window.

However, the Spain international was delighted to finally make his debut despite conceding a goal in a disappointing 1-1 draw with Arsenal yesterday.

Valdes told United’s website: “It felt very good.

“David asked to come off very quickly and the next thing I knew I was on the pitch. It was a great feeling to be on the pitch at Old Trafford, the fans welcomed me very well and for that reason I am happy.

“I wasn’t happy with the result because it wasn’t a good one for us. It was a lucky goal for them, but I’m happy I made my debut. It was all very quick: David came off and I didn’t know what was happening, but then someone said ‘Victor, get in there'”.

“It’s been a good few months; my team-mates have treated me well here. The coach has also treated me well. The truth is that it has all been good. We have an incredible group of fans – to come on and be welcomed like that is incredible for a footballer.”

The former Barcelona goalkeeper joined United in January after the 33-year-old had spent a number of months training with the 13-time Premier League champions.

De Gea, who was named in the PFA team of the year, has been linked with a move to 10-time Champions League winners Real Madrid in the summer transfer window.

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Valdes is being tipped to become the club’s new first-choice goalkeeper if his team-mate does seal a move to Madrid.


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