Louis van Gaal is hell bent on making De Gea’s remaining year at Old Trafford a season to remember. The Dutchman has reiterated his desire to keep hold of Real Madrid prospective goalkeeper David De Gea even after the transfer window shuts.
De Gea will once again be in the stands when United take on Newcastle at Old Trafford on Saturday because Van Gaal feels the Spaniard is still not able to focus properly because of Real Madrid’s interest in him.
According to reports in Spain, the 10-time European champions will make one last attempt to sign the goalkeeper before the window shuts on September 1.
But after a week in which United’s reputation took a blow following Pedro’s move to Chelsea, Van Gaal came out fighting at his pre-match press conference on Friday.
The Dutchman insists the lure of Manchester United remains as strong as their desire to hold on to their two-time player of the year.
“I think when Manchester United wants a player he shall come, besides when a club is not selling,” the United manager said
“It is the same with us. We are not selling De Gea.”
Despite bristling at constant questioning regarding Pedro, Van Gaal suggested he is not too disheartened at failing to sign the forward, and claimed he would be happy to go through to the new year with the squad he currently has.
When asked whether there would be any more signings before the transfer window shuts, Van Gaal said: ”You have to wait to see.
”It’s not any pressure for me. We have 28 players. We did it last season without Pedro.
“When it is like that, I go with this squad because we have 28 players and I have said already now we have a better balanced selection.
“When we buy it has to be a contribution to our selection and it has to be not against any price.”
Van Gaal has now turned his attention to Southampton winger Sadio Mane.
Van Gaal said he would not speak publicly on Mane as he did not want to ”interfere” with the club’s pursuit of the Senegalese.