GWL Video Score: 5 / 5
David de Gea has dismissed suggestions that his place at Manchester United is under threat from Victor Valdes, who is reportedly on the verge of signing for the Premier League outfit. The former Barcelona goalkeeper is currently available as a free agent after having left the Catalan club in the summer. He was initially expected to join Monaco, but an anterior cruciate ligament injury towards the end of last season has put him on the sidelines until now. After recovering, he has been surprised to find that Monaco will no longer be able to afford him after going through huge budget cuts.
Valdes has been looking for a new club in the last few months and United have emerged as a surprise destination. De Gea has been performing brilliantly under Louis Van Gaal. His impeccable saves alone have been responsible for rescuing a number of points for the club. The 24-year-old came to United in an £ 18 million deal two years ago. Andres Lindegaard is the current understudy to De Gea, but it is thought that he is extremely unhappy with the lack of first-team opportunities. The Danish goalkeeper may be allowed to leave in January with Valdes coming as his replacement.
Valdes is one of the established names in the game after having won numerous titles with Barcelona. “Yes, my contract runs out in 2016 but they didn’t sign him for that. Victor had a difficult injury, he had a bad time and the boss knows him well and has given him the opportunity to recover there. Victor is training over in Manchester; he’s still not 100 per cent after his injury. When he is fully fit he will start to train with us. He’s still not training in goal with us. From time to time he comes out with the goalkeeping coach but very little still,” said De Gea.
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is widely known for being the master of Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese has gone on to receive several accolades in world football. He has already lifted more than 20 major titles with four different clubs across Europe. Van Gaal, on the hand, is on his last legs when it comes to his club management career. The 62-year-old recently replaced David Moyes is the new boss at Manchester United. He will be coming up against his apprentice for the first time this season. Van Gaal and Mourinho have faced each other a few years ago in the Champions League final.
Mourinho’s Inter Milan took on Van Gaal’s Bayern Munich team at the Santiago Bernebeu in the 2010 final. Despite dominating for most of the match, Bayern Munich were defeated by the Italian club. Many see the upcoming match against Chelsea as an opportunity for van Gaal to take revenge for this defeat. It has also been mentioned that Mourinho will be once again showing huge admiration for Van Gaal, as he played a major role his career. The Dutchman has rejected such praises by saying that Mourinho became a self-made man with his own set of tactics.
“He talks about Louis van Gaal and also Bobby Robson, and I appreciate that, but you always do it by yourself. I was also an apprentice when I was the assistant coach of Leo Beenhakker (at Ajax) and it’s good that my eyes were also open at that time. And it’s good that Jose Mourinho’s eyes were very open when he was my assistant, but you do it by yourself. He’s such a wonderful coach. And to see that he’s been a champion in different countries is fantastic,” said the United manager, who has been seeing his team improve in recent weeks.
GWL Movie Rating: 4 / 5