Speculation surrounding David de Gea's already-uncertain future at Manchester United has taken yet another turn for the worst, following the Spaniard's expulsion from the first team.
The Spaniard has instead been demoted to training with reserves, confirming rumours that he would not be involved in United's clash with Aston Villa tonight.
"I'm not doing everything alone," said Van Gaal, according to the BBC. "I have two assistant coaches and a goalkeeping coach, Frans Hoek.
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"Frans had a meeting with David De Gea. He fully agreed with our decision."
Contrary to Van Gaal's words, however, it's also been reported that the 24-year-old shot-stopper is 'baffled' by the claims made by his manager, and insists he wants to play rather than train with the reserves.
The continued doubt surrounding De Gea's situation has been met by criticism from not only United fans but also club legends, with ex-goalkeeper Peter Schmeichal recently expressing frustration at how long it has taken to resolve the transfer saga.
It would seem, though, that De Gea's future is far from being decided given that United are holding firm on their decision to disallow any move for the goalkeeper, with Real Madrid particular suitors.
Van Gaal has insisted that unless a move for De Gea involves Sergio Ramos heading in the opposite direction then the club aren't interested, though it is far from a secret that any move involving the Spanish defender is also unlikely.