Man United star discusses Louis van Gaal-Victor Valdes fallout
Juan Mata says it is a shame what is happening to Victor Valdes at Manchester United
Juan Mata says it is a shame that Victor Valdes has been frozen out at Manchester United.
The Spain international has been out-of-favour under the Dutchman this season after the United boss claimed that Valdes had refused to play for their Under-21 side towards the end of the 2014/15 season.
Last week, Van Gaal has ordered the goalkeeper to train away from the first-term under the guidance of United’s youth team coaches, with David De Gea and Sergio Romero vying for the number one spot.
And Mata, who moved to United in a £37.1m club-record deal from Chelsea in January 2014, discussed Valdes’s fallout with Red Devils manager Van Gaal.
“It’s a shame what is happening with him as he is a great goalkeeper. He wants to compete and has proved himself as a goalkeeper,” Mata is quoted as saying by Daily Mirror.
“I don’t know what happened between him and Van Gaal. That is something only they can say.”
The 31-year-old goalkeeper moved to United in a free transfer after he left Barcelona in 2014.
Valdes won three Champions League crowns during his career at Camp Nou.
The Red Devils lost 3-0 to bitter rivals Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday.