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14th Jun 2015

Edwin van der Sar: Valdes can replace De Gea

Ultimate Victor?


Edwin van der Sar has suggested that David de Gea’s replacement may already be at Old Trafford – in the shape of Victor Valdes…

The Manchester United legend was speaking to the BBC ahead of a legends game between his former club and Bayern Munich on Sunday.

“Maybe they have the solution already in-house in Victor Valdes,” said Van der Sar.

“It depends whether they are looking for someone with reaction saves or someone who is commanding and a more outfield type of player,” he explained.

“If your team plays further away from goal and you have a goalkeeper who likes to protect his six-yard box, then the match will not be there.

“Barcelona played a lot away from their goal and that is something Van Gaal finds important. Valdes has a lot of experience and a great pedigree.”

The Dutchman’s comments echo the theories of United goalkeeping coach Frans Hoek.