The former Barcelona stopper endured a miserable time at Old Trafford, making just two first-team appearances, and was eventually shipped out on loan to Standard Liege after clashing with then United boss Louis van Gaal.
Van Gaal’s treatment of Valdes never made sense to me. Here was someone who had won everyone as a player and yet van Gaal ostracized him from the first team squad.
United released Valdes recently, a move that has to interest new City manager Pep Guardiola, who worked with Valdes at the Nou Camp.
The pair won Champions League and La Liga titles together and Valdes was one of the senior players at the Camp Nou that Pep listed too.
Valdes is also very familiar with Guardiola’s preferred style of play which relies on a goalkeeper who is very good with his feet and can play almost a sweeper as the defence pushes up the field. That is not Joe Hart’s style.
Hart’s current understudy, Willy Caballero, was signed by previous manager Manuel Pellegrini. And while City have made no plans to lose him, it would be no surprise to see the Argentine team up with his old boss once more should Pellegrini find a new club.
City currently have a vacancy in the goalkeeping department after long-serving third-choice Richard Wright was released at the end of the season.
At a minimum Valdes would provide City with a competent No.2 if Caballero leaves. But I would not be shocked to see him push Hart for the starting role.