Valdes looked nervous during the opening exchanges but he eventually pulled off a string of superb saves to secure Man United a point in the final game of the season.
The 33-year-old thanked supporters and revealed his pride at representing United:
Thanks to Everyone for your Support. It is nice to be back on the pitch, and proud of wearing United’s Shirt. pic.twitter.com/yWj4EOiG0y
Valdes may have expected to play in a few more games when he arrived at United in the winter transfer window.
However, De Gea’s excellent form meant opportunities to make an impression were far and far between.
Despite often having to settle for a place on the substitute’s bench, Valdes’ attitude has been first-class and he has never complained. The hope for United fans is that De Gea will stay and share the workload with Valdes in the next campaign.