Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea was reportedly unhappy with Louis van Gaal, after the Dutchman left the 24-year-old out of the squad to face Tottenham on the opening day of the new Premier League season, according to the Daily Express.
Despite being the Red Devils’ best player last season, van Gaal decided to start the game at Old Trafford with new signing Sergio Romero between the sticks, with Sam Johnstone on the bench, while de Gea sat in the stands with Victor Valdes and Anders Lindegaard.
The Express report that the snub came as van Gaal felt that de Gea’s mind was elsewhere, as speculation persists that he could be on his way to Real Madrid this summer (via Daily Mail). And the manager has hinted that the Argentinian will continue to be his first choice for the time-being, but admitted that the situation will be reassessed once the transfer window shuts (via Express).
“Of course when the situation has been cleared after September 1 we will look again. But I’m happy Sergio [Romero] did well. He saved us twice,” he explained.
However, de Gea reportedly asked to play the game against Mauricio Pochettino’s side, and felt that he had done enough in training to warrant selection, according to the Express.
Marca have previously suggested that van Gaal wants this saga concluded as soon as possible, and these latest developments suggest that he has decided that if the stopper wants to leave the club, the former Netherlands coach wants to make sure it happens this summer.
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