Despite his arrival, De Gea has remained as the club’s first-choice keeper with Valdes instead playing with United’s U21s.
The 33-year-old is just relieved to be playing football again after overcoming his injury.
Speaking about United, Valdes said: ”I enjoy the different weather here to what it is usually like for us in Spain. Seriously, I’m happy. It’s not so different for my family. I have three children and my eldest kid is five years old and was already studying English in Barcelona, so it’s not a big change for him and his brothers.
“I’m very happy with my knee and playing with my new team-mates. It’s a good feeling to be on the pitch again playing football. It is most important for me after my injury.
“I am very happy for this option in my career after my injury. I never thought maybe I will be a player of Manchester United but the manager called me and gave me this option, so it was a surprise for me. I always say it’s great for my career to be a part of this club and part of this team and, maybe, I hope to win another important trophy here too.
“They are both massive clubs with a massive number of trophy wins and the number of fans around the world is so big. I think it’s the same when you play for one of the most important clubs in the world, Man U or Barcelona, you must win always. This is our expectation and our job every day – for us, for the club and for the fans. It’s not different for me. I know very well what you feel when you play for a big club, so it is not a big change for me.”
Another player may have become frustrated at United but Valdes has maintained a first-class attitude during his spell at the club.
It is unlikely he will get much of a look in between now and the end of the season due to United’s crucial run-in but the keeper will provide some much needed depth to van Gaal’s squad should they qualify for next season’s Champions League.