Louis van Gaal has admitted that the situation regarding David de Gea is becoming an issue after the Manchester United goalkeeper failed to convince against PSG on Thursday morning.
An indecisive De Gea was to blame for PSG's opening goal, which convinced Van Gaal to haul the Spaniard off at half-time. However, with Victor Valdes on his way out of the club and new signing Sergio Romero only deemed good enough to play understudy, De Gea is set to start against Tottenham Hotspur next week.
But it is clear the 24-year-old's head and heart are already in Madrid with only a shell of the man remaining at Old Trafford. He, as well as everyone else, expected to be a Real Madrid player by now and did not envisage returning to Carrington at all, let alone donning the United shirt again.
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With Manchester United up against fierce rivals for the Premier League title, a slip up on the opening day of the season will significantly dent their challenge. With De Gea seeming more like a passenger rather than the stalwart he was last season, Van Gaal is worried that everyone involved is starting to grow uncomfortable.
He told reporters: "We have a situation that is not favourable for David de Gea but neither for us and the club [Real Madrid] that maybe he wants to go to. Maybe he wants to go to.
"I cannot say he was poor in this game, only that he made a mistake. That's not poor.
"Everybody can makes mistakes but when a goalkeeper makes a mistake it is mostly a goal and that's the difference."
De Gea has so far refused to extend his contract with Manchester United beyond 2016 and only has eyes for Real Madrid. The La Liga club seemed to be preparing for his arrival after selling Iker Casillas to Porto, but there is no indication that a deal for De Gea is getting closer.
Manchester United have made their position clear: they are ready to keep the goalkeeper at the club and lose him for free rather than sell him for a derisory figure now. Their bulging finances make that possible, but no amount of money can convince De Gea to play at his best.
De Gea would have been ready to return to his hometown and play for his dream club. To come back from his holiday break to find himself in Manchester must be hard to take. As such, his morale must be lower than ever and that will certainly affect his performance.
For Manchester United, one season of service from a world-class goalkeeper is worth more than, say, a £15m one-off payment, but if that world-class goalkeeper is being kept against his will, he is unlikely to perform to a high standard. So the situation may be unfavourable but it is a position that Manchester United have decided to play themselves into.
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