By Andy Hyslop
- David De Gea is preparing to face Aston Villa on Friday night
- Van Gaal felt that De Gea wasn’t mentally right to play against Tottenham at the weekend
- Sergio Romero started in De Gea place
Louis Van Gaal announced that David De Gea wasn’t mentally right to play in the game against Tottenham at the weekend. Following a summer speculation over his future.
It’s no secret that David De Gea will leave Manchester United for Real Madrid, whether that is for the fee United want before the window shuts on 1 September or for free next summer.
I think every Manchester United can understand De Gea’s reasons for wanting to move back to his home city. With his girlfriend living in Madrid and it being the home of his family. But then again I don’t believe that he is unhappy in Manchester and won’t push for the move or cause or problems within the squad if he doesn’t get his move in the next few weeks.
De Gea Has Never Refused To Play For Manchester United
Sources close to De Gea state that the Spanish goalkeeper has trained perfectly well in the last fortnight and at no stage has he intimated to Van Gaal that he would refuse to play for the club.
De Gea missed the first two games of United’s pre-season tour with an unnamed injury. He returned against Barcelona, Playing 60 minutes of that game. His performance in that game seem to show that the speculation hadn’t affected his game.
Then in the final game of United’s pre-season against Paris St Germain. De Gea was taken off at half-time after conceding too soft goals, that would point towards the fact that maybe Van Gaal is right in his believe that the constant talk of his possible transfer to Real Madrid may have affected De Gea.
The goalkeeper position is one where you need to be mentally right at all times. You need 100% concentration. A mistake from a goalkeeper can cost you the game. If Van Gaal believes that De Gea mind is not 100% on Manchester United then he is right not to select the Spaniard until this messy situation has been sorted one way or another.