Louis van Gaal wants Victor Valdes to prove himself before getting full Manchester United debut

by Sam Peoples

Louis van Gaal is in no rush to give Victor Valdes his Manchester United debut and wants the goalkeeper to prove himself with Man United’s U21s before he is given his debut with the first-team.

Valdes joined Man United in the January transfer window and although he has been on the bench seven times for Man United in the Premier League, he is yet to make his full debut.

The Spanish keeper has become a regular for Warren Joyce’s U21s and until he proves himself enough to dislodge David de Gea, van Gaal is keen for him to continue playing there.

“When you are out for more than a year, first of all you have to show yourself at a lower level,” said Van Gaal.

“He has to do it in the second team,” added the Dutchman. “Like Ashley Young is doing that, like Michael Carrick has to do that. It is always the same. I think it is normal.”

Ander Herrera, Ashley Young and Michael are but a few of the senior players who have all featured for the U21s this season and it is clear van Gaal isn’t afraid to ask any player, no matter how big they are in name, to drop down to the U21s in order to gain match fitness and rhythm.

By the sounds of it, Valdes won’t be getting his Man United debut against Preston North End on Monday and with the season now coming into the important stages, opportunities for a full debut are going to be far and few between.

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