Man United: Three reasons signing Victor Valdes could be genius

The former Barcelona stopper has signed a deal with the Old Trafford club and will compete with countryman David de Gea for the starting jersey.

Manchester United have confirmed that Victor Valdes has put pen-to-paper on an 18-month contract at the club, in what could be a shrewd decision by Louis van Gaal’s men.

The former Barcelona stopper has been recovering from injury at Old Trafford after leaving Camp Nou at the end of last season and will now compete with David de Gea for the United number one role.

Although the current incumbent is possibly the Premier League’s in-form goalkeeper and clearly will be Van Gaal’s first choice for the time being, there are a number of reasons that Valdes’ signing makes sense.

Firstly, the experienced former Barca man will clearly help De Gea grow, with the younger keeper able to get advice from a man who has won three Champions League titles, six La Liga titles and two Copa del Rey trophies during his time in club football.

Although De Gea is performing admirably at the moment, a piece of guidance from his elder countryman and training alongside his compatriot can only be good for the United number one.

With De Gea’s current contract expiring in 2016, there have been some concerns that the former Atletico man could look to return to his homeland, exacerbated by rumblings that Real Madrid want him to replace Iker Casillas.

Although United will surely fight tooth and nail to keep their custodian, if the worst does happen they have a proven back-up to call upon who has been signed on a free transfer. At 32 years old, Valdes still has what it takes to compete at the top level.

Lastly, and although a long shot, United have been named in some quarters as a side that could look to take advantage of Lionel Messi’s reported unhappiness at Barcelona.

Although a move to Old Trafford, or anywhere in truth, looks unlikely, should United have an opportunity to bring the four-times Ballon d’Or winner to Old Trafford having Valdes as a familiar face for the Argentine can only help.

In the short term Valdes will provide support for the excellent and undisputed number one choice De Gea, but his signing could well be a piece of very clever business by United in the long run.

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