Victor Valdes feared dying alone at Man Utd
Former Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes has revealed he was worried he might have died alone on the club’s Carrington training ground.
The Spain international reveals the thought occurred to him as he prepared for yet another day of training by himself after being frozen out of the first-team squad by manager Louis van Gaal.
Valdes was worried that if he hit his head on the woodwork during his solo training session, he could swallow his tongue and nobody would no anything was wrong. He claims goalkeeping coach Alan Fettis advised him to take his phone out with him and call if any such misadventure occurred.
He told Spanish newspaper El Pais: “What if I struck the post and lost consciousness? What if I swallowed my tongue?”
After Fettis’ advice to call if he knocked himself out, the 34-year-old told the coach: “Alan, I feel very lonely.”
Valdes finally got his move away from Old Trafford last month when he joined Belgian side Standard Liege until the end of the season. His United contract expires this summer, so his career with the Red Devils is effectively over.