Manchester United confirm release of out-of-favour duo

Date published: Friday 10th June 2016 2:58

Nick Powell: Spell at Old Trafford comes to an end

Nick Powell: Spell at Old Trafford comes to an end

Manchester United have released midfielder Nick Powell and goalkeeper Victor Valdes, who made just 11 senior appearances for the club between them.

The pair are out of contract this summer and will now leave the club this summer after not being offered new deals.

According to the Manchester Evening News, Powell, who only made only nine first-team appearances in his four years at the club after joining from Crewe for a reported £6million in 2012, will be granted a free transfer, despite briefly appearing to win back favour under former boss Louis van Gaal.

Powell returned from a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a hamstring injury in December and made two substitute appearances against Wolfsburg and Bournemouth.

The 22-year-old, who has been capped at England Under-21 level, spent the second half of the season on loan at Hull but made just two starts.

The midfielder has also had loan spells at Wigan and Leicester during his time at Old Trafford.

His last start for United was in the 4-0 defeat to MK Dons in the League Cup in August 2014.

Victor Valdes: Released on a free transfer

Valdes, meanwhile, leaves having made just two appearances in his 18 months at the club.

He signed a deal as a free agent in January 2015 after leaving Barcelona and made his debut as a substitute for David De Gea in the 1-1 draw with Arsenal in May.

He started the final game of the season against Hull but never appeared for the first team again. After falling out with Louis van Gaal for refusing to play in a reserve team fixture, the Spaniard was axed from the pre-season tour of the United States and told he was free to find a new club.

The 34-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at Belgian side Standard Liege.

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