Guillem Balague lifts lid on Louis van Gaal’s bust-up with Man United star
Guillem Balague reveals the details behind Victor Valdes' falling-out with Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal
Guillem Balague has revealed the details behind Louis van Gaal’s falling out with Victor Valdes at Manchester United.
The Spanish goalkeeper has been out of favour under the Dutchman in recent months after he was brought to the club back in January as a free agent.
Valdes suffered cruciate ligament damage in his final season at Barcelona, and had been gaining playing time with United’s Under-21 side in a bid to regain his match fitness.
Now, Balague has revealed that Valdes’ relationship with Van Gaal broke down after the Spaniard suffered another knee injury scare while playing for United’s U21s.
Journalist Balague wrote in a column for Eurosport: “In the spring of 2015 in a reserve match, Valdes took a nasty knock to the same knee that caused no real physical damage, but still managed to give him the fright of his life.
“Concerned that perhaps playing in the reserves might not now be the best idea now that he had regained his form he suggested to Van Gaal that he should return to training with the first team and take his place as number two goalkeeper in the squad behind De Gea, which is no more than normal practice with most clubs.
Van Gaal begged to differ and Valdes himself is no shrinking violet. What followed was an argument for which the phrase irresistible force and immovable object could have been invented. The die was cast.
“Van Gaal said nothing but before long it became abundantly clear that the goalkeeper did not figure in his long term plans.”
Valdes started just one first-team game for the Red Devils last season as Van Gaal’s men finished fourth in the Premier League table.
He is yet to feature this term and has been linked with a possible transfer to Chelsea in recent weeks.