Fergie Picks Valdes

The Manchester United manager and 15 other elite European coaches, including Arsène Wenger, Carlo Ancelotti, Pep Guardiola, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho, were asked by Uefa to vote for the club goalkeeper, defender, midfielder, forward and footballer of the year.

The Manchester United manager and 15 other elite European coaches, including Arsène Wenger, Carlo Ancelotti, Pep Guardiola, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho, were asked by Uefa to vote for the club goalkeeper, defender, midfielder, forward and footballer of the year.

Forbidden from selecting Edwin van der Sar, Ferguson chose Cech followed by Victor Valdes, of Barcelona, and Julio Cesar. The Inter Milan player won the goalkeeper section by a landslide (only Van Gaal and Ferguson failed to give him top points). Even Wenger, not known as a great judge of glove-men, nominated Cesar, just ahead of Iker Casillas and Pepe Reina.

Lukic: Arsenal Need Valdes

Arsenal goalkeeping legend John Lukic believes that manager Arsene Wenger should have signed Liverpool’s Pepe Reina, Inter’s Julio Cesar or Victor Valdes from Barcelona, as the Gunners failed in their hunt to land a ‘keeper this summer.

The north London club went on a public pursuit of Fulham shot-stopper Mark Schwarzer during the transfer window – that is now closed – but returned fruitless in their efforts to replace Manuel Almunia.

“There’s an old saying that you don’t win the championship with a bad goalie,” said Lukic, according to The Mirror.

Arsenal goalkeeping legend John Lukic believes that manager Arsene Wenger should have signed Liverpool’s Pepe Reina, Inter’s Julio Cesar or Victor Valdes from Barcelona, as the Gunners failed in their hunt to land a ‘keeper this summer.

The north London club went on a public pursuit of Fulham shot-stopper Mark Schwarzer during the transfer window – that is now closed – but returned fruitless in their efforts to replace Manuel Almunia.

“There’s an old saying that you don’t win the championship with a bad goalie,” said Lukic, according to The Mirror.

“I’m not saying Manuel Almunia is bad – but the ­really top keepers do win games for you.

“The game fans won’t remember is the home match where the ­opposition got through once and the goalie made a critical save. That save affects the balance of the game, and could win the three points that make you champions.