PHOTO: Victor Valdes and Van Gaal training at Barcelona in 2002

Victor Valdes

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal gave Victor Valdes his debut at Barcelona some 15 years ago.

Former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has been without a club since leaving his boyhood team in the summer, until Thursday when Manchester United announced he was training with them in an attempt to recuperate from a serious knee injury.

It sees Valdes link up with former Barca manager Louis van Gaal, who gave the player his debut at the Nou Camp during his short second spell there in 2002. That season, the Dutchman went with the young Spaniard for the first 6 La Liga games as well as the first 3 Champions League fixtures.

The 32-year-old tore his anterior cruciate ligament in March, after he had already announced his intention to leave Barca after making 535 appearances for the Catalan outfit, with the goalkeeper missing out on the World Cup as a result.

There has been plenty of talk since then regarding Valdes’s next move, with Liverpool reportedly an interested party, though within the last few weeks the Spaniard was said to have snubbed the offer of a trial at Anfield.

Undoubtedly, the presence of a manager he has previously worked with in Louis van Gaal has played a part in the stopper’s willingness to build up his fitness at Carrington. Valdes may find it difficult to displace fellow Spaniard David de Gea in the United lineup, but as one of the most decorated goalkeepers in European football, he is a superb training partner for a few months if nothing else.

And the fact he has relocated to England could be telling - there is no reason why Premier League fans won’t be seeing more of Valdes once he is match fit, be it at United or another club.

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