Valdes feared for his life when training alone at Manchester United

Sankha Ghosh / 10 February 2016

The Spaniard has surprisingly claimed that he didn’t feel safe when he used to train alone Manchester United.

Victor Valdes even feared his life was in great danger during his solo training sessions.

The Spanish goalkeeper was actually isolated from the first eleven by United manager Louis van Gaal after playing just two matches, and was also left with no other choice but to train away from the rest of the team with academy goalkeeping coach Alan Fettis.

However, Valdez is not the only high-profile star with whom Butch boss van Gaal has fallen out since he took charge at Old Trafford in 2014.

The Dutch tactician has also had rocky relations with Marcos Rojo and David De Gea while former United stars like Rio Ferdinand have heavily criticised him for his tactics.

Apparently, Sergio Romero has replaced Victor Valdes as United’s No2 goalkeeper.

The 34-year-old shot-stopper has now revealed in an interview with El Paisthat he felt so disjointed by Van Gaal’s reign that he was really concerned for his safety if anything unfortunate happen in the solo training sessions.

“What if I were to hit the post and were to lose consciousness, and if I swallowed my tongue?” Valdes revealed that he asked Fettis this type of questions.

“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.'”

Valdes has now eventually moved on to Standard Liege, but denied any possibility that he feels bitter towards his former boss van Gaal, despite his acrimonious enforced exile.

“Rancour? Not at all,” the former Barcelona goalkeeper further said.

“He gave me the chance to debut at Barca, he picked me up when I didn’t have a side and he gave me the chance to recover from my knee injury.

“I’ll always be thankful. Deep down, if it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be here.

“I was training alone [at United]. Do you know what is that? Here [at Standard] I am happy just to be in the dressing room. For me [Standard] are the best club in the world.”

The Spanish goalkeeper joined Manchester United last year on a free transfer but since then fallen out with manager Louis van Gaal on several occasions.



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