De Geal was brilliant against Barcelona at the weekend, but he was equally as bad in Chicago where van Gaal hauled his goalkeeper off at half-time. At fault for PSG’s first goal, De Gea heads towards the start of the season with only 107 minutes of pre-season action behind him and looking decidedly shaky.
United’s player of the year has been linked with a move to Real Madrid for months now and Van Gaal admitted that he has an issue to resolve, saying:
‘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 make mistakes but when a goalkeeper makes a mistake it is mostly a goal and that’s the difference.’
With United saying privately that they will not let De Gea move to Madrid unless the Spanish club give them defender Sergio Ramos in return, they would appear to have backed themselves in to a corner after Rmaos signed a new long-term deal with the Spanish side.
While United having the out-of-favour Victor Valdes and the new Argentine signing Sergio Romero as feasible back-up, it appears as though De Gea will still start against Tottenham in the Barclays Premier League a week on Saturday unless something dramatic happens.