VAN GAAL INSISTS DE GEA WILL NOT BE JOINING REAL

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea
Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea

Louis van Gaal insists David De Gea will not leave Manchester United before the transfer window shuts.

De Gea will once again be in the stands when United take on Newcastle at Old Trafford today because Van Gaal feels the Spaniard is still not able to focus properly because of Real Madrid’s interest in him.

According to reports in Spain, the 10-time European champions will make one last attempt to sign the goalkeeper before the window shuts on September 1.

But after a week in which United’s reputation took a blow following Pedro’s move to Chelsea, Van Gaal came out fighting at his pre-match press conference yesterday.

The Dutchman insists the lure of Manchester United remains as strong as their desire to hold on to their two-time player of the year.

“I think when Manchester United wants a player he shall come, besides when a club is not selling,” the United manager said.

“It is the same with us. We are not selling De Gea.”

Van Gaal launched a passionate defence of executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward despite the fact that former target Pedro signed for Chelsea this week, rather than United.

‘’I have the idea you want to separate Ed Woodward with me. Never. Never,’’ Van Gaal said.

“Because every day I am updated by him and I trust him.”

Senior sources at Old Trafford insisted this week that it was Van Gaal, not Pedro, who pulled the plug on the pursuit of the forward and the United boss seemed to corroborate that idea yesterday.

‘’I think when we want Pedro it was not any problem because there was a clause in his contract,’’ Van Gaal said.

‘’It was the easiest transfer. I have said before what we are doing is guiding a process and in that process we make decisions. And we decided against Pedro.”