Victor Valdes came straight into Manchester United’s matchday squad against Southampton having completed his move this week.
The goalkeeper was named on the bench ahead of Anders Lindegaard and Ben Amos but unfortunately had to watch on as United succumbed to their first defeat since November.
David de Gea couldn’t do much about Southampton’s winner thanks to a fortuitous rebound but with Valdes waiting in the wings for United’s no.1 to make a mistake, De Gea now has the added pressure of knowing United have a top class no.2 ready to challenge him for his spot in the starting XI.
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Van Gaal is well aware Valdes won’t be happy sitting as a full-time back-up goalkeeper to De Gea but he faces a tough task dethroning United’s best player of the season and one of the best goalkeepers in the world right now.
As is the case in football, good competition for places is healthy. Patrice Evra’s complacency in the latter years of his United career show what a player can do when they get too comfortable in their position, so Valdes’ arrival will push De Gea on further to improve even more.
Valdes could make his debut for United in the upcoming FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Cambridge United.