Things are heating up at Old Trafford after David De Gea rejected claims by Man United manager Louis Van Gaal that he asked not to be selected.
Speaking in his presser ahead of United’s Friday evening game with Aston Villa, Van Gaal claimed that De Gea had asked to be excluded from the team, with a move to Real Madrid still hanging over the player.
Van Gaal claimed that De Gea had told a member of his staff, Fran Hoek, that he wasn’t in the right frame of mind to play and subsequently was left out of the squad for United’s game with Tottenham and will not be part of the team that travels to Aston Villa:
‘We’ve talked with him. He agreed fully with our decision.
‘I have one assistant coach and another assistant coach so we speak about that kind of thing. We have a goalkeeping coach, Frans Hoek – I’m not doing everything alone.
‘Frans Hoek had a meeting with David De Gea and asked him, “do you want to play?”. No.
‘Then I have to take the decision. It is a process. We had been observing him in preparation and he was not so good. He was not the same David De Gea as before.
But The Daily Mail claim that De Gea doesn’t agree with the decision to be left out, and the Spaniard is unhappy with how he is being portrayed in the whole matter.
Adam Crafton writes:
De Gea is said to be ‘baffled’ by Van Gaal’s comments and concerned that his professionalism and commitment to training appear to be in question.
The 24-year-old believes he has trained ‘to the highest possible level’ this week and is sharper now than he was in the build-up to the Tottenham game.
The matter seems to be dragging on now and threatens to overshadow United’s preparations for a season where big things are expected.
Whilst a fan favourite and world class operator, fans would like the matter to end either with De Gea leaving or the defender accepting that he won’t be leaving, getting his head down and playing to the best of his ability in what will likely be his last season at Old Trafford.