Victor Valdes has spoken out about his time at Manchester United this season and said he felt so isolated at Manchester United that he was worried no one would notice if he was knocked unconscious.
During his time at Old Trafford the Spaniard made only two first-team appearances and after being frozen out of the first-team situation, he recently completed a loan move to Belgian side Standard Liege until the end of the season.
The 34-year-old was exiled by Louis van Gaal after refusing to play for the U21s last season. As a result of his actions he was instructed to train alone and denied contact with all first-team players, so his exit was inevitable.
He told academy goalkeeping coach Alan Fettis he felt very alone at Man United.
He told Spanish newspaper El Pais that he once asked goalkeeping coach Alan Fettis: “What if I were to hit the post and were to lose consciousness, and if I swallowed my tongue?
“Alan replied, ‘I’ve got my phone in my pocket, I’d call and they’d come to help you’.
“I told Alan, ‘I feel very alone’.”
I do feel sorry for Valdes as how he was treated at United went too far but I also didn’t like his passive aggressive mannerisms and how he portrayed United as the sole, evil perpetrator in this whole situation, acting as if he had never done anything wrong.
What he needs to do now is focus on looking ahead. He’s got everything off his chest about a bad time at United and we’ve got rid of him from the books as well. It might not have been a permanent deal but I’d be very surprised to see him set foot in our training ground again.
Valdes now has the platform on which he can rebuild his career and so long as he doesn’t play against United and have a blinder any time soon, I do wish him the best of luck.