Manchester United have announced the release of Victor Valdes, Nick Powell, George Dorrington and Oliver Rathbone.
34-year-old goalkeeper Valdes, who enjoyed an incredibly successful 12-year career at Barcelona, was brought to United by Louis Van Gaal in 2015, but only played 2 games for the club as he fell out with the Dutchman for allegedly refusing to play for the reserves.
Valdes spent the second half of last season on loan at Belgian side Standard Liege, making 8 appearances for their first team before the Belgian Cup winners decided to cut his loan deal short in order to give the youngsters more playing time.
22-year old Powell failed to establish himself in United’s first team after his move from Crewe Alexandra 4 years ago, despite Louis Van Gaal using him as a substitute in the defeats to Bournemouth and Wolfsburg.
The midfielder spent the second half of last season on loan at Hull City, but only made 5 appearances for Steve Bruce’s promotion-winning side.
United have also released youngsters George Dorrington and Oliver Rathbone.
18-year-old goalkeeper Dorrington made 10 appearances for the youth team last season, whereas 19-year-old midfielder Rathbone made a single appearance for the reserves in the Lancashire Senior Cup.