Louis Van Gaal has seemingly given David De Gea a massive nudge out the door at Old Trafford.
Last week, the Manchester United manager left the Spanish goalkeeper out of his match day squad against Tottenham as he felt that De Gea was “too distracted” by the transfer saga he is currently engulfed in.
However, after once again deciding to leave De Gea out of his side for United’s second fixture at Villa Park this evening, The Iron Tulip seemingly decided to throw his “best player” under the proverbial bus.
Under pressure from the media to explain his logic in leaving one of the best goalkeepers in the world out of his match day squad, Van Gaal decided to place all the blame at the feet of the Spanish international.
‘I’m not alone in this subject. I have my goalkeeping coach Frans Hoek. He met with De Gea to talk about the matter, and he asked him:
‘Do you want to play against Tottenham?’
And David’s response was ‘No’.
So then I had to make a decision. So we met with him again to tell him that he would be left out of the squad, and he agreed.’
It is usually the manager’s job to deflect attention away from his players and to absorb whatever controversy that is stirred up onto himself. However, with Van Gaal it seems he is more than willing to walk over his players for his own short term gain.
To make matters worse, reports in The Guardian now suggest that De Gea himself is baffled by Van Gaal’s claims.
De Gea’s camp are “baffled” at Van Gaal’s comments, insisting that the Spaniard is in the right frame of mind to play having “trained to the highest possible level” this week and has a “completely clear conscience” regarding the situation at Old Trafford.
Louis Van Gaal has now once again put himself into an irreconcilable situation with one of his players. With the manager’s comments lined up next to the response from De Gea’s camp, one thing becomes abhorrently clear; someone is lying.
Either Van Gaal simply decided he didn’t want De Gea near his team or De Gea did in fact decide that he did not want to play. We will never know which of them is not telling the truth, however what we do know is that this situation was entirely avoidable had Van Gaal simply said nothing at all.
Poor management at its finest.
Whether De Gea was ever going to stay or not, one cannot really say. However, what we now know is that, thanks to Van Gaal’s comments, his departure is simply inevitable. And what’s worse, the latest bridge that Van Gaal has lackadaisically decided to burn, could end up costing the club that employs him a substantial sum as Real Madrid will surely now be aware that a lesser price will be accepted with the player and manager at odds.
Bravo Louis. Bravo.
John Murphy, Pundit Arena