January signing set to make Manchester United debut

Manchester United January signing Victor Valdes is set to make his debut when the Red Devils face Cambridge in the FA Cup this Friday, Mirror reports.

The Spaniard has trained for months with the United staff prior to signing an 18-month deal to play second-fiddle to David de Gea, but is now close to making a return to first-team football after he sustained a career-threatening knee ligament injury during his time with Barcelona.

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And England centre-back Chris Smalling has claimed that Valdes is nearing his best, despite missing almost an entire year of competitive football.

“He is someone who we all look up to through what he’s achieved already in his career, but you can see that he’s nowhere near done yet,” said the centre-half.

“On the training field he’s so sharp and you can see that he’s very agile. He’s such a great addition and is a name that really belongs here at Manchester United.”

Smalling also revealed during training the other players were in awe of the 33-year-old, asking Valdes various questions regarding his experiences at the Nou Camp.

“We’ve heard a few stories from him and quite a few people here have asked him questions,” he said.

“Barcelona is another great club and you want to get some insight of what happens abroad as well.”

During his time playing for Barcelona Valdes won an amazing 21 trophies, three of which were Champions League triumphs.