Valdes ‘must prove him­self’

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

LON­DON — Jan­uary sign­ing Vic­tor Valdes ( pic­tured) must earn his spurs in Manch­ester United’s re­serve side be­fore he can be con­sid­ered for a full first-team de­but, ac­cord­ing to manager Louis van Gaal.

The 33-year-old ar­rived at Old Traf­ford for a free trans­fer on an 18-month deal in Jan­uary hav­ing been the bedrock of a Barcelona side that won six La Liga ti­tles and three Cham­pi­ons League tro­phies.

Valdes, how­ever, has failed to dis­place in­cum­bent David de Gea who con­tin­ues to im­press in an in­con­sis­tent United side, and Van Gaal had pre­vi­ously stated it would be “very hard” for him to do so.

The 20-cap Spain in­ter­na­tional, who re­cov­ered from a se­ri­ous knee in­jury play­ing for Barcelona in March 2014, played for United’s re­serves in a 2-1 win against Liver­pool on 26 Jan­uary.

Since then, how­ever, Valdes has been an un­used sub­sti­tute on the first-team bench for eight suc­ces­sive matches.

“When you are out for more than a year, first of all you have to show your­self at a lower level. He has to do it in the sec­ond team. Ash­ley Young is do­ing that, and so is Michael Car­rick. It is al­ways the same. I think it is nor­mal,” Van Gaal told re­porters. Week­end fix­tures Feb 21: Swansea City v Manch­ester United, Crys­tal Palace v Ar­se­nal, Sun­der­land v West Bromwich Al­bion, Chelsea v Burn­ley, Hull City v Queens Park Rangers, As­ton Villa v Stoke City, Manch­ester City v New­cas­tle. Feb 22: Tot­ten­ham v West Ham, Ever­ton v Le­ices­ter, Southamp­ton v Liver­pool. — Reuters

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