The goalkeeper hasn’t played for Man United so far this season and Van Gaal has explained that was a decision taken by the club amid Real Madrid’s pursuit of him.
The Spanish club have been trying to buy De Gea all summer long but have failed to meet United’s valuation and with only a couple of weeks left in the window, Van Gaal remains determined that he will not be leaving.
“I think when Manchester United wants a player he shall come, besides when a club isn’t selling,” Van Gaal said in his pre-Newcastle press conference.
“It is the same with us. We are not selling De Gea.”
That’s exactly what Van Gaal and United should be saying about De Gea. Real Madrid can take their money and wait until next summer to sign him on a free because he will be worth more to the team this year than any price Madrid are willing to pay for a player with one year left on his contract.
One thing is for sure – United are going to look extremely weak if De Gea is sold from this point onwards.
They have rejected all advances so far and Van Gaal has now taken a firm and determined stance. Were he to leave at this stage, after everything that has been done up until this point, then it would undermine everything the club has said about De Gea.
Keeping De Gea at the club was arguably the most important piece of business United could have completed this summer and although it has been far from a straightforward process, Van Gaal sounds more determined than ever that goal will be achieved.