Louis van Gaal has said that he will still not select David De Gea for tomorrow’s game against Aston Villa.
‘He still has the same problem,’ said Van Gaal at the press conference scheduled before the game. ‘He remains out of the squad.
De Gea missed Saturday’s win over Tottenham amid rumours of a return to Spain with Real Madrid and these comments suggest that if a transfer does not materialise before September, the goalkeeper will not be selected until the window closes.
Earlier today we ran an exclusive news item from former United manager Tommy Docherty who says he feels that if the player can’t be selected, he should be sold.
‘You’re better having a great player who’s unhappy than one who’s in a great mood all week but can’t play,’ admitted Docherty. ‘But you don’t want a player who’s going to sell you down the swanny. Especially one who had made it clear he doesn’t want to stay. It’s a risk that United cannot afford in more ways than one. You’ve got to look at the pros and cons. The first question you ask is ‘Can we start the season with him?’ And if the answer is no, like it was for Louis van Gaal, then you have to sell him.’
Sergio Romero – who played on Saturday and did quite well, particularly for a debut in the Premier League – is expected to keep his place.