David de Gea will not be considered for Manchester United’s Premier League opener against Spurs this weekend, according to team boss Louis van Gaal.
The former Atletico shot-stopper has been heavily linked with a move to Atletico’s city rivals Real for the duration of the summer transfer window, and the United boss feels he has been too heavily affected by the transfer saga to play to the level required this weekend.
Van Gaal said;
“De Gea will not play. A player is also a human being. He cannot manage that. We will have to see who starts.”
In de Gea’s absence, new signing Sergio Romero will be favourite to start United’s League opener against Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs side, although a strong case can also be made for 22 year old Sam Johnstone, who has featured heavily during United’s pre-season campaign.
Johnstone, who has been with the club since joining their academy, has yet to start a competitive fixture in United colours, but has enjoyed productive loan spells at Preston and Doncaster over the last twelve months, and impressed during United’s recent tour in America.