Victor Valdes has spent all week training with Manchester United ahead of the Liverpool game this weekend but it could have been a whole lot different for the Spanish goalkeeper.
Back before he joined Man United, Liverpool were heavily linked with a move for Valdes.
As it transpired, the 33-year-old decided against joining Liverpool and as Andy Mitten explained in a column with Manchester Evening News this week, he’s more than happy with his decision.
Discussing a new contract for De Gea, Mitten said: “He still might [stay at United], but Victor Valdés, 33, didn’t come to Manchester to sit on a bench. He’s also one of the planet’s best goalkeepers and he’s loving life in Manchester. Crucially, so is his partner and their children.
“Valdés’ English has really come on too. Of course it helps that United were one of the few clubs who could pay him more than €5 million per year, but he’s training superbly and could have gone to Liverpool, where he would have likely been number one.
“Valdés also had firm interest from Juventus, but chose United.”
If there’s one thing that will endear you to United fans then it is rejecting Liverpool and as far as back-up goalkeepers go, you won’t find many better than Valdes.