Three reasons why Man United should keep Victor Valdes
Tom Phillips looks at why Manchester United should do their best to hold onto Victor Valdes this summer
De Gea is going, going…nearly gone
Louis van Gaal has literally accepted fate that David De Gea is set to replace Iker Casillas as Real Madrid’s number one and with Victor Valdes possibly be leaving too according to Van Gaal, United will seriously struggle in getting stability back in the goalkeeping department. If anything, Valdes will be a good short-term replacement for the number one spot at United. With van Gaal struggling to land Jasper Cillessen as his number one target to replace the number one shirt, Van Gaal may have no choice but to keep Valdes in the squad and promote him, which will not necessarily be a bad thing. Goalkeepers have a reputation of reaching their potential after their 30th birthday, so with the 33-year-old Valdes able to prove his worth it might be one of the best decisions for Van Gaal.
Return for the club’s support
Valdes came to United in the hope of reviving his career following his release from Barcelona. Valdes was struggling with a knee injury at the time – United spent time and money in getting the 33-year-old match fit again and he was rewarded with an 18-month contract. With Van Gaal reportedly willing to sell the goalkeeper for not following the club’s philosophy, United would probably want to reconsider in order to get a return from the final year on his contract, or the club will lose money in the sale and it will be seen as an ultimate flop and another poor piece of business. It is the perfect opportunity for Valdes to prove his worth at the highest level once again.
He doesn’t mind playing second fiddle
Valdes signed a contract at Old Trafford knowing that he will be spending most of his time at Manchester United as De Gea’s understudy and with the friction of his relationship with the United manager now surfacing, the Spaniard may have a case that he actually does not mind being second-choice instead of first-choice. Whilst Van Gaal looks at the likes of Hugo Lloris and Jasper Cillessen to replace De Gea, Valdes will still be a beneficial asset to the United squad whilst he sits on the bench every week. Highly competent and with plenty experience under his belt, Valdes will provide support, guidance and decent competition to whoever is set to replace De Gea but also to the young goalkeepers at United too, such as Sam Johnstone, Kieran O’Hara and Dean Henderson , who will no doubt benefit from the possibility of Valdes’ tutelage. Being able to learn from a man who has played with the likes of Messi, Sanchez, Xavi, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho will no doubt mean he’ll be able to provide invaluable advice for the young inspiring goalkeepers at United hoping to be part of Van Gaal’s policy of promoting the youth to the first-team.