Louis van Gaal is set to start Manchester United’s unsettled first-choice goalkeeper David de Gea against Tottenham on Saturday lunchtime.
There have been suggestions that Van Gaal would drop De Gea, who reportedly wants a move to Real Madrid before the transfer window closes on September 1, but the The Sun understand that the Spain international will line up for the Premier League opener this weekend.
De Gea was unconvincing on his previous appearance for the Red Devils - the 2-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain on the club’s pre-season tour of the United States - but will be given the nod by Van Gaal this weekend.
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Van Gaal, realistically, has no other option but to play the unsettled De Gea against Mauricio Pochettino’s side this Saturday.
The Dutch coach has fallen out with Victor Valdes, who is expected to be sold by the end of the month, while the former Barcelona star’s replacement Sergio Romero has yet to play a single minute for his new employers having only arrived at the club last week.
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Sam Johnstone, meanwhile, is still too raw to be thrown in at the deep-end. The 22-year-old impressed on the Red Devils’ pre-season tour but is still learning his trade and, in any case, doesn’t possess the same world-class ability as De Gea.
De Gea was unconvincing against PSG
Van Gaal has praised De Gea’s professionalism throughout the summer, but the 24-year-old made several uncharacteristic errors against PSG last week.
In his post-match press conference, Van Gaal admitted to reporters for the first time that De Gea wanted to leave Old Trafford.
"We have a situation that is not favourable for David De Gea,” the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach was quoted as saying by ESPN, “but neither for us and neither for the club [Real Madrid] that maybe he wants to go."
It’s since been reported that Van Gaal has told Manchester United to sell De Gea to Real Madrid provided the Spanish giants offer enough money.
United will look to replace De Gea with Dutch international Jasper Cillessen, whose Ajax side were knocked out of the Champions League in the third qualifying round by Rapid Vienna on Wednesday night.
Gamble by LvG - but still the safest option
Playing De Gea against Tottenham this weekend is a gamble by Van Gaal - but it’s the safest gamble of all his options.
Romero isn’t ready, neither is Johnstone, while Valdes simply isn’t an option for the Manchester United manager.
But how will David de Gea perform against Spurs this weekend? Do United fans still trust him? Let us know by leaving a comment in the box below!