It comes as no great shock that both Nick Powell and Victor Valdes have been released by United following disappointing spells with the club. Valdes was something of a disaster for Louis van Gaal, not only playing hardly any first-team football but kicking up a fuss via social media over the manager’s claims he refused to take part in an under 21 game.
Powell has been the more disappointing of the two players as he looked set to have a good future ahead of him when Sir Alex Ferguson signed him from Crewe Alexandra four years ago, but injury, a lack of form and even questions over his attitude have scuppered the 22 year-old’s chances of being anything other than a fringe player at United.
In an age where almost every player on the planet takes to Twitter to thank the fans following a transfer from a club, neither Valdes or Powell have acknowledged the supporters, or even the fact the players have left the club on their social media accounts. Although it’s hardly a priority, one would have expected a tweet thanking the fans, or even the club for giving them a chance- as neither player looked ready for United when we signed them. It may seem trivial in the greater scheme of things but acknowledging the fans is often the least a player can do.
Valdes in particular have never been shy of using Twitter to thank fans, he’s even done it for Reds in the past but now his move has been made permanent has decided not to.
Neither player made much of an impact at Old Trafford but we wish them well, in the case of Powell, with youth still on his side there’s every chance he can salvage his career and become the talent we all thought he would be when we saw him impressive in the League Two play off final for Crewe back in 2012.
Valdes has won titles, Champions Leagues and trophies in his illustrious career but seems to be coming to the latter stages of it now and perhaps will never reach the heights of playing for a club like United again.