Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has angrily hit out at the agent of both striker Radamel Falcao and goalkeeper David de Gea for his “unhelpful” comments regarding team selection.
Super-agent Jorge Mendes criticised Van Gaal’s decision to leave Falcao out of his 18-man squad for last Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Southampton - but the Red Devils’ boss insists he is unconcerned by what Mendes thinks.
Van Gaal responded by saying: “His comments are unhelpful and they do not interest me.”
De Gea's Man United future in doubt
The Express, however, believe Van Gaal’s comments run the risk of negotiations stalling over De Gea’s contract extension.
Manchester United are desperate to tie the Spaniard down to a new long-term deal - his current contract has less than 18 months left to run - but, with Real Madrid hoping to sign the 24-year-old as a replacement for Iker Casillas, Mendes and De Gea are the ones in a position of power.
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United could lose top goalkeeper
It’s important for Van Gaal to maintain a healthy relationship with Mendes - even if he has no interest in signing Falcao on a permanent basis at the end of the season.
Failure to convince Mendes and De Gea to commit to an Old Trafford deal will see Manchester United lose the services of a goalkeeper with the potential to become the world’s best.