Thursday 16 July 2015

Van Gaal says Valdes will be sold.... and I don't blame him for taking action

Louis van Gaal has hit out at United keeper Victor Valdes and says that he will put the former Barca man up for sale after it emerged that he "refused to play" for the club's Under 21 side.

Good on you, Louis, I say. 

There are a number of people I've seen on social media who have said that Valdes has every right to complain seeing as he was his club's number one for years, is one of the most decorated players in the game and that van Gaal has treated him with disrespect by not giving him a chance. 

The first part of that sentence may be true- Valdes is a very talented keeper who has won everything but who does he think he is to go against the demands of the manager and think himself above playing for the second team when asked to?

It's Valdes that has treated this great club with unprofessional and disrespectful behaviour.
The irony is that the very reason for his presence in the reserve side was to re-build his career and fitness after suffering a serious cruciate knee ligament injury.
He was only ever signed as back-up for David De Gea (why would you drop him) and this was a factor that Valdes was all too aware of when he joined but his outburst this week would suggest that he expected to be first-choice.

Valdes has clearly fallen foul of the first rule of becoming an established Manchester United player.... no one is bigger than the club or manager (just ask Ruud van Nistelrooy, Roy Keane and David Beckham).

The 33-year-old would have made excellent cover for De Gea, but he's blown his chance with a silly piece of petulance. 

My mind casts back to the infamous incident at Manchester City when Carlos Tevez refused to go on against Bayern Munich because he wasn't happy as a substitute.
He hardly played for them again, proving again that no matter how much you've won or how good a player thinks he is, the manager is in charge when it comes to the big decisions.

This whole incident has made the club look bad, but LVG has done right thing in showing that he doesn't stand for any nonsense, and that for any player who doesn't fall in line with his philosophy, there's only one way to go and that's out.

Every cloud has a silver lining and in this case, it's that surely the Reds have now won the battle to fend off Real's attempts to land David de Gea, as it seems unlikely that Van Gaal would let him go having now decided to sell Valdes.

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