Victor Valdes plays his first match for Manchester United Under-21s, buts makes a howler to let in Liverpool's only shot on target

Valdes was returning to action after 10 months on the sidelines after having surgery on a torn cruciate ligament

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Victor Valdes took a step closer to a return to first-team football after making his club debut for Manchester United following the completion his free transfer earlier this month, but he may want to get a few more minutes under his belt before he can dream of a competitive debut after letting in a goal that really should have been saved.

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The former Barcelona goalkeeper got his first run out for United’s Under-21s against Liverpool last night, but had very little to do as they emerged 2-1 winners over their rivals courtesy of goals from Nick Powell and Paddy McNair.

However, the only time Valdes was called into action, he let a Jerome Sinclair shot beat him to pull Liverpool level. While Sinclair’s effort was struck powerfully, Valdes will be disappointed not to keep it out and will look at his positioning as a key reason that the goal was scored.

Watch a video of Sinclair's goal below:


But, it must be remembered, the 33-year-old was playing in his first game for 10 months after suffering a torn cruciate ligament in his right knee which not only ruled him out of the World Cup last summer, but ended his career at Barcelona prematurely as he had already announced he would leave the club when his contract expired at the end of the season.


Having originally been ruled out for at least seven months, Valdes was invited to train with the United squad late last year, and he was signed to an 18-month contract at the start of this month after proving his fitness to United manager Louis van Gaal, who worked with Valdes during his second spell as manager at Barcelona.

Valdes made his return to football in United Under-21s 2-1 victory

Valdes has been named on the bench for United’s last three matches, but did not see a minute of action in the Premier League games against Southampton and Queens Park Rangers and the FA Cup draw with Cambridge United last Friday night.