English Premiership

LVG: De Gea situation 'unfavourable'

2015-07-30 13:49
David De Gea (Supplied)

Chicago - Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal conceded that uncertainty surrounding David De Gea was "not favorable" as the Premier League giants ended their US tour Wednesday with a 2-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain.

De Gea, who is reportedly Real Madrid's top summer transfer target, gave a shaky goalkeeping display as the French champions exposed United's defense with soft first-half goals by Blaise Matuidi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Van Gaal is hopeful United will retain the services of De Gea this season but acknowledged the rumors swirling around the star goalkeeper were not helpful to either the play or the club.

"We have a situation that is not favorable for David De Gea, but neither for us and neither for the club (Real Madrid) that maybe he wants to go (to)," said van Gaal after United's defeat at Soldier Field.

The veteran Dutch coach was reluctant to be too critical of the Spaniard's performance however.

"Poor I cannot say, but he made a mistake. That's not poor," van Gaal said.

"Everybody can make mistakes but when a goalkeeper makes a mistake it is mostly a goal and that's the difference."

Despite the loss van Gaal said he was pleased with United's performance as they build towards their season-opening clash with Tottenham on August 8.

"I'm really satisfied about the performance. You lose, maybe that's also good, because last year we have won everything (in the USA) and then we lost the first match against Swansea," van Gaal said.

"Maybe now the sequence is a bit different but I'm not superstitious. I think in the first half we have created more chances than PSG and they have created only chances with personal errors and you cannot fight against personal errors.

"When you're playing against top level, and PSG are top level, then they can score out of these kinds of errors and they can finish the game. A top team can do that. Chelsea can do that, PSG can do that."

United had been aiming to maintain their 100 percent record after registering wins over Club America, San Jose Earthquakes and European champions Barcelona in their three previous tour games

However, van Gaal's men were undone by two goals from PSG which highlighted the defensive frailty of the squad, even after the arrival of several high-profile signings.


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