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Victor Valdes to Standard Liege: Latest Loan Transfer Details, Reaction, More

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11:  Victor Valdes of Manchester United takes part in the warm-up before the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Southampton at Old Trafford on January 11, 2015 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistJanuary 24, 2016

Victor Valdes has joined Belgian side Standard Liege on loan from Manchester United until the end of the season.

News of the transfer's finalisation came via the Premier League club's website on Sunday, with Valdes' departure from Old Trafford inevitable for a long time.

He posted the following message on his Twitter feed prior to the deal being confirmed:

Here’s a reminder of what the goalkeeper is capable of at his very best:

The former Barcelona man had been marginalised by United manager Louis van Gaal during the 2015-16 season.

As Daniel Taylor of the Guardian reported earlier in the season, Valdes didn't even have a locker at the Carrington training complex and was forced to train alone when no other first-team players were on site. His isolation was prompted after the Dutch coach accused Valdes of refusing to play in a reserve-team game.

“He refused last year to play in the second team,” said Red Devils boss Van Gaal during pre-season, per Chris Davie of Goal. “There are a lot of other aspects in the philosophy how you have to play like a goalkeeper at Manchester United. When you are not willing [to apply] the principles of that philosophy there is only one way, and that is out.”

SEATTLE, WA - JULY 17:  Louis van Gaal the head coach / assistant manager of Manchester United during the International Champions Cup 2015 match between Club America and Manchester United  at CenturyLink Field on July 17, 2015 in Seattle, Washington.  (Ph
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Sergio Romero's signing was the final nail in the coffin for Valdes at Old Trafford, with the Argentina international having started four Premier League games since joining and being the go-to substitute 'keeper.

In terms of goalkeeping ability, Valdes is a class acquisition for Liege. He was an extremely consistent operator between the sticks during his spell in La Liga, per WhoScored.com:

Although the circumstances surrounding Valdes' departure have been far from ideal, a move away from Old Trafford is exactly what the goalkeeper needs.

After all, the 34-year-old hasn’t had much first-team football since leaving Barcelona, as the Spain international was still dealing with the after-effects of the anterior cruciate ligament injury he suffered in 2014.

Valdes has yet to string together a spell of games since suffering a terrible injury in 2014.
Valdes has yet to string together a spell of games since suffering a terrible injury in 2014.Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Liege will be able to give Valdes the requisite reassurances needed when it comes to playing time. While he’s left United in sour circumstances, some regular football in the Belgian Pro League will give the stopper a chance to show he’s still one of the finest goalkeepers around.

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