Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has claimed that David de Gea being dropped from Manchester United's starting XI will make no difference to Louis van Gaal’s squad.
A deal that will see the Spain international move to Real Madrid in the coming weeks looks to be done and dusted, with the ongoing uncertainty over his future seemingly about to be settled after months of speculation.
Van Gaal dropped the goalkeeper for the weekend fixture against Tottenham and, despite the fact De Gea has been one of United’s most important players over the course of the past two campaigns, Chelsea manager Mourinho has revealed he doesn’t believe it will have an overbearing impact on his Old Trafford counterpart’s plans.
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"Manchester United have a fabulous squad," Mourinho said, as per talkSPORT.
"I don't think any player not playing one game or a couple of matches is going to make any difference.
"I look at them as such a strong squad that I don't see a problem."
Naturally most United fans will be inclined to disagree with the Special One, although new signing Sergio Romero was able to keep a clean sheet in the club’s opening Premier League game of the season against Tottenham Hotspur.
The Argentina international is experienced and has a good reputation, but De Gea is considered genuinely world-class by most of the footballing world, and it's largely thanks to him that the Red Devils were able to acquire Champions League football by way of securing a top four finish last season.
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Yet that’s exactly why Real are so intent on making him their new number one, having already shipped Iker Casillas off to FC Porto.
Keylor Navas and Kiko Casilla are reliable options, but neither of them boasts the star aura that De Gea does, and one gets the feeling that if the 24-year-old isn’t purchased this summer he’ll make the move next year for free.
United fans, is Mourinho right? Will De Gea’s sale make little or no impact on Van Gaal’s squad? Let us know in the comments box below.