Victor Valdes: Playing at Old Trafford is a dream for any player

by Ben Topliss

Manchester United keeper Victor Valdes believes it is every player’s dream to play at Old Trafford.

Valdes played at Man United’s famous home ground for the first time since securing a move to the club in January in the U21s draw with Tottenham Hotspur earlier this month.

His last appearance at the stadium was with Barcelona in the 2008 Champions League semi-final. The fixture was eventually settled by a magnificent Paul Scholes strike, which gave the despairing Valdes no chance.

Valdes hasn’t forgotten the goal but insisted he was happy to play at Old Trafford once again.

When reminded about the occasion, Valdes said: ”Yes, the first time since that Scholes day!

“It was good to play there again. It’s a very nice stadium, an important stadium in the history of football and I think it’s a dream for any player to play in this kind of arena.”

Valdes will be hoping to line up more regularly at Old Trafford but for the first-team rather than the U21s.

Unfortunately for him, the fantastic form of David de Gea has made it virtually impossible for him to get in the starting XI. However, Louis van Gaal will know his experience will prove a vital asset if United qualify for the Champions League next season.

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