LSV thrust into spotlight during United row

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal

PHOTOS of Leigh Sports Village have been seen by millions today as a row escalates between Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal and goalkeeper Victor Valdes.

The former Barcelona keeper responded angrily to claims that he refused to play in United reserves games by putting photos on social media of the games in which he actually featured.

Two of them were at the Sports Village, which hosts many United and Blackburn Rovers reserves games.

Van Gaal says Valdes will be sold because he refused to play for Manchester United’s reserves last season.

Van Gaal handed Valdes a lifeline in January when he gave him an 18-month deal following a serious knee injury.

The 33-year-old had been tipped to replace David de Gea if he left for Real Madrid, but Van Gaal has revealed the three-time Champions League winner will now be sold.

Van Gaal and Valdes share a long history, but the Dutchman has been ruthless with the goalkeeper because he claims he refused to play in United’s second string sometime last season.

When asked why Valdes had been left out of the squad for United’s pre-season tour of the United States, Van Gaal said: “He is not selected because he does not follow our philosophy.

“When that is the case, there is not a place for a player.

“Last season, he refused to play in the second team and there are other aspects you need as a keeper at United.

“When you are not willing to follow those principles, there is only one way and that is out.”

Valdes later Tweeted what appeared to be a response questioning Van Gaal’s comments.

The Spaniard wrote “.....? #respect”, along with four photos.

Three of the pictures referenced Under-21 matches he played for United against Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham last season, while the fourth was a photo of him alongside U21 team-mates in the dressing room.