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Louis van Gaal says David de Gea won’t play against Spurs

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Louis van Gaal says goalkeeper David de Gea is not ready to start Manchester United's Barclays Premier League game against Tottenham on Saturday.

De Gea has been the subject of interest from Real Madrid all summer.

The Spain international started the final two games of United's pre-season tour of the United States, but is not ready to play in the first game of the season, according to Van Gaal.

"He shall not play," the United boss said.

"I think a human being is more than only a player, and he (De Gea) cannot manage that," Van Gaal added.

Senior figures at United have insisted all summer that the club would only sell De Gea if they received Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos as part of a swap deal.

"We have problems of course with De Gea," Van Gaal said.

SEE MORE: Peter Schmeichel urges David de Gea to make a decision on his Manchester United future.

Van Gaal has only limited options when it comes to a replacement for their two-time player of the year.

Victor Valdes has been frozen out after Van Gaal claimed the former Barcelona 'keeper told him he would not play for the Under-21 side last season.

Sam Johnstone started the other two games of United's tour but is yet to make a competitive appearance for the club. Last season he spent time on loan at Doncaster and Preston.

The most likely alternative appears to be Sergio Romero, who signed for the club on a free transfer last week.

But when asked if Argentina's number one would start the lunch time kick-off at Old Trafford, Van Gaal said: "You have to wait and see who is starting."

Anders Lindegaard is another option, but the Dane has never played under Van Gaal and is therefore not currently in favour.

When asked what he thought the outcome of the De Gea saga would be, Van Gaal said: "I don't know. That's in process.

"I cannot lead this process – I can only watch and observe and that's what I'm doing, but I'm not participating in it."

The build up to United's season opener has been far from ideal for Van Gaal.

As well as the De Gea situation, the Dutchman has had to stomach the sale of star midfielder Angel di Maria.

United paid £59.7million for the Argentinian last summer, but less than 12 months later he has left for Paris St Germain.

Di Maria claimed at his unveiling in the French capital on Thursday that United wanted him out of the club, but Van Gaal seems to think otherwise.

"For us that's a big loss," Van Gaal said of the former Real Madrid star.

"I want more attackers with speed and creativity. Di Maria is one of those players so we have to look for that kind of player, but they have to have the talent to cope with the English rhythm and that's difficult to find.

"That's why players are not having success in this competition – because of the rhythm of the game and the English culture is another culture as the Latin culture. Maybe that's a reason (he left)."

Although he will not speak publicly on the matter, Van Gaal is expected to sign Barcelona forward Pedro as Di Maria's replacement.

As well as De Gea, Van Gaal confirmed new summer signing Bastian Schweinsteiger is not available for Saturday's curtain-raiser at Old Trafford.

"Schweinsteiger came (to us) at the last moment, out of his holidays," Van Gaal said of the former Bayern Munich midfielder.

"I don't think he's fit enough, so we have to build him to the fitness I think he needs."

Another player who is unlikely to feature is defender Marcos Rojo, who missed the second leg of United's tour because of passport issues.

"Not everybody is ready because players came (back) at a later time," Van Gaal said.

"I like them to come on July 3, but Rojo for example came one week ago."

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  1. Michael

    August 7, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    LVG is correct in not playing De Gea if the keeper’s head isn’t right. Even if De Gea stays, if he isn’t going to give his all then it becomes a problem. United would like to sell him now and get something in return, otherwise he’ll be gone on a free next summer. Real Madrid are not willing to pay what United are asking since they know he only has a year left on his contract.

  2. Fred the Red

    August 7, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Small club mentality and operating this is. Keep him and start him Romero is garbage and we won’t win many games with him.
    Why wait till now?
    Ramos isn’t worth De Gea and if we sell him we better have deals in place for Ramos and Keylor Navas.
    Standards at the club have dropped. Selling our best player because his mind isn’t right. Seems like the never say die ethos is gone and it’s all about packing it in and giving up to the whims of others. Pathetic.

    • jtm371

      August 7, 2015 at 9:28 am

      Spot on how the heck did MUFC let it come to this? The Ramos deal is a joke. No commanding CB no star Striker and your best player DDG is not playing. Could not be a worst way to start the season.

      GO FOREST Beat the Seagulls.! 🙂

      • Fred the Red

        August 7, 2015 at 3:19 pm

        The manager doesn’t care about central defense and he let’s Wayne do whatever he wants.
        SAF wanted him gone for a reason and the past two managers have used him religiously even though he’s nowhere near his past level.
        The window was good until this

  3. Martin J.

    August 7, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Without De Gea United will struggle to challenge for the title and unless Romero is solid in a new league for him they may even struggle to finish in the top 4. United should still have enough to beat Spurs tomorrow, especially since they are at home, but there will be a question mark going forward.

    De Gea was the reason why United finished 4th last season and his departure, if it happens, will be a huge blow for them since no one knows how well Romero plays.

  4. jtm371

    August 7, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Unbelievable your a professional act like one. Your contracted to MUFC for one more year if you get a check then you better play. Grow up and act like a pro.

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