Valdes' wife lashes out at club over charity ball snub
Victor Valdes' wife has hit out at Manchester United for not inviting her husband to a charity function at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Manager Louis van Gaal and members of his first-team squad attended the club's annual dinner for Unicef, which raised £230,000, on Sunday night.
But Valdes was not invited. The goalkeeper's wife Yolanda Cardona took to Instagram to criticise the club for their conduct.
Underneath a picture taken at the event of Juan Mata, Marco Rojo, Sergio Romero, David De Gea, Ander Herrera and their partners, she wrote: "Do not invite to my husband @vicvaldes1 to be part of the #united4unicef , its the last thing you don't expect from one of the biggest club as @manchesterunited. A Charity event, its always a Charity event."
United said Valdes was not invited because he is not a member of the first-team squad. Valdes signed for United on an 18-month contract in January, but the former Barcelona stopper has only played two games for the club.
Van Gaal told the three-time Champions League winner he was free to leave the club in the summer after the United boss accused him of refusing to play for the Under-21 side.
In response, the 33-year-old posted a picture on Twitter that reminded supporters he had played for the Under-21s on three occasions last year. Alongside the picture, Valdes wrote: ".....? #respect."
The former Barcelona stopper, who played under Van Gaal during the Dutchman's second spell at the Nou Camp, has not been given a squad number for United this year.