Man United boss confirms star goalkeeper won’t play against Aston Villa

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has confirmed that star goalkeeper David de Gea will once again not be playing when the club face Aston Villa on Friday, according to reports from the Mirror.

De Gea was omitted from the Red Devils’ season-opener against Tottenham Hotspur last Saturday, with summer signing Sergio Romero chosen as the number-one stopper in their 1-0 victory.

And the Spain international will once again be left out as Van Gaal continues to banish the former Atletico Madrid star, pointing to the fact that De Gea has not done enough to warrant his place.

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Prompted where De Gea would return in goal, he said: “It is the same situation. He remains out of the squad. I have said that already. Normally yes, Sergio Romero stays in goal.”

Van Gaal also hit out at those criticizing his straight-forward management style, mentioning that there are more of those that speak highly of him than those that are negative.

He added: “When I hear these things, I always want to consider who is saying such things and then I know that already why. It is not bothering me.

“I have as a manager, I have to decide a lot of things. He is one of the players I sent away and that is why he is doing that.

“They can comment but it is not always the truth what they have commented, and that is always in this world, especially in the football world. I’m used to that.

“When you hear that from (Luca) Toni in Italy he says the same things. There are more players who are speaking very highly about me than I have players that are saying the things that Toni or Stoichkov are saying.”

De Gea, 24, has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid in recent weeks, and his omission from Van Gaal’s lineup has been rumoured to be more to do with Real’s interest than his recent performances.