Manchester United: De Gea is dropped for Spurs as weak Van Gaal cries that it’s all so unfair
“We’ve observed him in training and matches and he’s not the David De Gea of last year. De Gea tries and does his utmost best, but it’s a difficult situation. Now we have to play our first match and I want players who can focus only on the match and he is not capable to do that.”
De Gea is dropped, then, for Man United’s opening game of the season, a home banker against Spurs (they never win at Old Trafford).
Van Gaal knows who is to blame. He says Real Madrid have turned his player’s head and are tying to get him on the cheap:
“Manchester United always have to pay. We have to pay for all the players a certain amount, and what have Real Madrid offered? We are asking money and they have to pay the money. In the last few years Manchester United has paid a lot of money and we never received a lot of money for our players…
“I am the victim, the fellow players are the victims, the club is the victim and that is why the transfer period has to change. He is the best goalkeeper we have had the last three years and in two years he was nominated by the fans as the best player at the club. Do you think the trainer-coach wants him to leave? I don’t think so.”
But that’s the way with all clubs who see their star turns seduced by bigger money and a better change of glory elsewhere. Did Everton fans want Wayne Rooney to leave for United? Van Gaal says it’s all unfair. He blames Real and the system. He sounds weak. He should try life at mid-ranking Premier League club and see how fair life is when United come calling.