Victor Valdes has been ostracized from Manchester United by manager Louis van Gaal and is not even allowed to train with the youth squad.
The Spanish goalkeeper fell out with the manager after Valdes allegedly refused to play in a U-21 last season. Ever since the summer, Valdes has been pushed further and further away from the first team, as van Gaal brought in Sergio Romero and promoted Sam Johnstone. That puts Valdes as the number four right now in the United goalkeeper hierarchy.
Fellow Spaniard and teammate Juan Mata was asked about the Valdes situation earlier in the week on Spanish radio.
“I speak from the outside, because I don’t really want to talk to the manager about it or Víctor, but it’s a pity,” Mata said. “Víctor is a fantastic goalkeeper who had a bad injury at a crucial time in his career and it feels like everything has gone badly for him since then.
“I expect and I hope, because I really like him and we have shared a lot in Manchester over these months, that things go well for him, whether that’s at Manchester United or somewhere else. I imagine that if you spoke to Víctor he would have his reasons and if you spoke to the manager he would have his reasons too. It’s very unfortunate.”
Valdes is reportedly looking for a way out from Old Trafford and could be leaving in the January transfer window. Mata also spoke in the interview about van Gaal and his managerial style.
“I think he is honest, direct,” Mata said. “When he has to say something bad to you to your face, he says it. When he has to be nice, he is. Sometimes you are training, and he shouts at you if you do something badly. But you do something well and he comes and hugs you and gives you a kiss. You don’t know what might happen.”