Rumours in the press suggested Valdes would be given a chance to shine against the League Two side but Van Gaal gave nothing away.
Whilst it wouldn’t be a huge surprise given David de Gea has played every game for the club this season, including in the last round against Yeovil Town and the Capital One Cup game against MK Dons, Van Gaal’s choices seemed to lay in a supposed lack of trust in Anders Lindegaard.
But with Valdes on board, Van Gaal now has a no.2 hand-picked by himself but Cambridge’s style of play could mean Van Gaal sticks with his undisputed number one.
Speaking to MUTV on Thursday morning, Van Gaal said: “I find it unbelievable how the media can write that. I don’t want to say anything about my line-up until three quarters of an hour before the game.”
Cambridge will likely offer a similar aerial threat as Yeovil did in the previous round. With a number of tall players among their line-up, it would be a risk to give Valdes his debut against unfamiliar tactics and could experience similar issues that de Gea encountered during his early months in England.