The goalkeeper admitted he felt really alone
Víctor Valdés explained his lonely experience in Manchester United in a report of the newspaper El País. The former Barcelona goalkeeper confessed some details of the strange conflict with Van Gaal, who put him aside from the first team. Despite this bitter situation, Valdés praised Van Gaal and stated that if it wasn't for him, I would not be where I am now." The new Standard Lieja goalkeeper also talked about his new team:
Conflict with Van Gaal
Everything started when Valdés admitted to the goalkeeper's coach, Franzs Hoek, that maybe playing with a 16-year-old boy from the reserve team wasn't a big motivation. When the new season had to start, Valdés suffered some discomfort on his knee and Van Gaal suggested him not to do the US tour. Valdés accepted but told Van Gaal: "They will think I still have problems on my knee and whatever I say can harm me a lot." Van Gaal's answer was convincing: "I will say what I think it's convenient." Valdés didn't travel to the USA and Van Gaal justified his absence saying "he hasn't accepted the club's philosophy."
4 months training alone
Van Gaal told Valdés to find a new team and one day he found his things had been moved from the first-team locker room to the B team. After that, Valdés started to work alone for 4 months with a single goal: "Playing soccer again."
Standard de Lieja
With all this panorama, Valdés has ended up signing for Standard Lieja and these are the reasons: "It was this or coming back home in June and quit soccer. It was the only and last chance in my sporting career. I was training alone every day! Do you know what does it mean? Here I'm happy just when entering the locker room. For me it's the best team in the world."
"Rancor? No. He gave me the chance to debut in FC Barcelona, he accepted me in United when I had no team and offered me to recover from my knee injury. I will always be grateful with him. In fact, if it wasn't for him, I would not be where I am now."