De Gea Left Out In Man United’s Opener
MANCHESTER United goalkeeper David De Gea will not play against Tottenham today as he continues to be linked with a move to Real Madrid. Speculation over the future of the 24-year-old, who reportedly wants to move to Real, has persisted all summer. “I think about the human being more than the player and I don’t think he can handle that,” said Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal.
New signing Sergio Romero is likely to start the Premier League season-opener. Van Gaal could select 31-year-old Anders Lindegaard or Sam Johnstone, 22.
Both travelled on the US tour, but neither played for United last season. United also have Victor Valdes, but the 33-year-old Spaniard has been made available for transfer after Van Gaal claimed he “refused to play” in the reserves. De Gea has made 175 appearances since joining United from Real’s city rivals Atletico Madrid in 2011. United are believed to be holding out for a deal that includes Real defender Sergio Ramos coming to Old Trafford.
Angel Di Maria has written an open letter to United supporters, following his £44.3m move to Paris St-Germain. The 27-year-old Argentina midfielder conceded his one season at Old Trafford “did not go well”. “I can guarantee you it was not for trying,” he said in his letter. “I did my best but football is not like maths: often a lot of things out of our control affect the way we feel and the way things turn out.
“I am sorry it did not work out as I would have wished in this amazing, huge club.” Van Gaal, who will reportedly sign Barcelona’s Pedro as a replacement, said Di Maria’s exit would be a “big loss”. But the United boss suggested Di Maria may have struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League. “I want more attackers with speed and creativity,” he said.
“Di Maria is one of those players so we have to look for that kind of player, but they have to have the talent to cope with the English rhythm and that’s difficult to find. “That’s why players are not having success in this competition – because of the rhythm of the game and the English culture is a different culture to the Latin culture.”