When asked why Valdes had been left out of the squad for the pre-season tour of the United States, van Gaal revealed the goalkeeper had not been following his “philosophy” and that he refused to play for the U21s last season.
The revelation came as a shock to Man United fans and Valdes soon hit back by questioning van Gaal’s comments on social media.
We asked our Twitter followers for their thoughts on whether or not van Gaal was being honest or unprofessional:
@PeoplesPerson_ If he wanted to off load him, he could've done that simply- without making it public and insulting him in front of the media
— YASH KANDHARI (@YashKandhari) July 16, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ unprofessional from both sides. Things like this should always stay in the dressing room
— Aanan Haque (@AananHaque) July 16, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ harsh comments. Shouldn't have said that in public that too for a player who is under contract.
— El Fideo. (@FussballGOAT) July 16, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ Shouldn't have said it in public, no way. Destroying a relationship
— schneiderlin fan (@TheJuanTwo) July 16, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ Honest, if you refuse to play for United, then you should be singled out.
— Henry (@GaskellH_) July 16, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ Harsh, maybe. Unprofessional? No. Unprofessional is not doing as the boss says. Simple.
— Marc Steele (@marcsteele95) July 16, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ Admire his honesty but this probably didn't need to be made so public, by doing so Valdes is always going to respond.
— RedHalf ofManchester (@mufc_fan_saf) July 16, 2015
The issue is a divisive one for supporters. On the one hand, it is good to see that van Gaal is not willing to tolerate players who don’t follow his instructions.
On the other, the Dutchman may have been better off keeping the problem inside the club rather than playing it out in public.
In any case, it is clear that van Gaal is the boss. After the reign of David Moyes, it is good to see a United manager establishing firm control of the club.