Louis van Gaal has expressed his disappointment with his Manchester United side after they conceded a late goal against Bournemouth on Tuesday that meant David de Gea lost out on the Golden Glove award.
De Gea was on course to share the award with Arsenal’s Petr Cech but an own-goal by Chris Smalling in the dying stages of the 3-1 win meant the Spaniard fell one clean sheet short of the honour.
Van Gaal was pleased with Man United’s display overall but unhappy with the conceded goal.
“My only irritation is about the last goal, because David did not win the Golden Glove. He deserved that,” van Gaal said.
De Gea is set for another summer full of speculation with news breaking recently that Real Madrid remain interested in his services. The reports suggest he will stay at the club but only if van Gaal is shown the door.
It seems that if there is acrimony between the pair, it may only be on De Gea’s side as van Gaal still remains committed to publicly backing the 25-year-old.
There is an argument to be made that De Gea is United’s most important player and he has proven this season just how good he can be.
He is set to start at Euro 2016 for Spain provided Vicente del Bosque does not stick with the aging Iker Casillas and a summer in the spotlight showing off his prowess to the whole of Europe could lead to even more speculation and interest from his hometown of Madrid.