Manchester United had a week ago announced the signing of Victor Valdes on an 18-month deal. The former Barcelona shot stopper had become a free agent at the end of the 2013/14 season after deciding to leave the Catalan giants. Having won virtually every conceivable title in club football during his time at Camp Nou, it was only plausible that he sought a new challenge in pastures anew.
Although his exit was sullied by a serious knee injury few weeks to the end of his final season at Barca, fans and teammates alike were effusive in their praise of the remarkable impact the World Cup winner had during the club’s vice-like strangle hold of top dog status in European football.
Manchester United manager, Louis Van Gaal has reportedly let him know that he has to make do with a spot as the team’s second choice keeper behind fellow Spaniard, David De Gea. But while the first and second choice goalkeeping spots have been settled, it is the third spot that is up in the air.
Before annexing the number one spot in the team, David De Gea had been engaged in a dogfight with Anders Lindergaard for the opportunity to man the sticks permanently. However due to the improved form of the brilliant Spaniard, who was purchased by Sir Alex Ferguson from Athletico Madrid for £17m, the Danish international saw his time on the pitch considerably reduced. Eager to get more playing time, the Dane is getting increasingly frustrated at his lack of playing time at Old Trafford and would welcome with open gloves a move to any club that would guarantee him more playing time.
According to Danish Sports publication, BT, the 30-year-old shot stopper is being readied as a make-weight for a deal that would see Netherlands World Cup hero and Newcastle star, Tim Krul move to Old Trafford. Van Gaal is a known admirer of Krul having worked with him during his time as the Oranje Manager at the 2014 World Cup and is keen to be re-united with him again.
Although the deal looks plausible on paper yet it will not be one that would favour all the parties concerned. Tim Krul has been brilliant for the Magpies since he broke into the first team a couple of years ago. Rather than secure a move to a big club and then end up rotting on the bench, it would make perfect sense for him to remain at St James Park. Who knows he may yet earn the captain’s arm band,become a club legend while at the same time maintaining match sharpness that would keep him in pole position to remaining Netherlands’ Number one.
As for Manchester United,it doesn’t make any sense contracting the Dutchman as third choice keeper as it would be a classic case of having too many cooks that spoil the broth. In the long run, it would not serve them a good purpose having an unhappy player on their books as it would one way or the other affect the dressing room harmony which Louis Van Gaal would be keen to maintain in order to have his team challenge for honours across multiple fronts this season and in the nearest future.