Sam Johnstone set for Manchester United start against Tottenham

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Sam Johnstone will be given the nod to start in goal against Tottenham tomorrow, according to the Mirror.

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal confirmed today that number one David de Gea won't feature against Spurs because he isn't mentally ready amidst reports he is close to completing a move to Real Madrid.

The Spaniard is out of contract next year and has turned down the offer of an extension, which means he can walk away for nothing next season.


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That puts Van Gaal in a tricky spot, with Johnstone his only option alongside new arrival Sergio Romero.

The Argentinian spent his summer playing for his country at the Copa America and missed much of pre-season so it's considered to be match fit. 

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Van Gaal told reporters this morning that 'you will have to wait and see' who he selects in goal for the game against Tottenham, however the Mirror say that it is Johnstone who will get the nod.


The England youngster was set to join Preston on loan for the season but is now facing the prospect of starting in Manchester United's first game of the new season. Van Gaal said of De Gea today: “He (De Gea) shall not play. A player is also a human being. We shall have to see who starts. He cannot manage that.”

"We have problems with De Gea. It is in process. I cannot lead this process. I can only watch and observe and that is what I am doing. I am not participating.”

Has Van Gaal made the right decision to drop De Gea for the match against Spurs?

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