Video: 'We tried to focus him' - Louis van Gaal explains why he dropped David de Gea
Published 08/08/2015 | 12:09
Louis van Gaal will give Sergio Romero his first Manchester United appearance in goal.
The Dutch coach confirmed on Friday that No 1 David De Gea would not start the match against Tottenham as he is distracted over continued speculation linking him to Real Madrid.
Louis van Gaal reveals why he's dropped David De Gea: "We've tried everything to focus him, but..." http://t.co/IucB0NjonL— BT Sport Football (@btsportfootball) August 8, 2015
Romero, who played for Argentina in the Copa America and World Cup finals, has not played at all in pre-season. That led there to be speculation that Van Gaal would pick the youngster Sam Johnstone, who played twice in the pre-season tour of the US.
He did this in training yesterday:
Manchester United: Romero, Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Shaw, Carrick, Schneiderlin, Depay, Mata, Young, Rooney
Subs: Johnstone, Valencia, McNair, Schweinsteiger, Herrera, Pereira, Chicharito
Tottenham Hotspur: Vorm, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Bentaleb Dier, Chadli, Eriksen, Dembele, Kane
Subs: Lloris, Trippier, Wimmier, Alli, Carroll, Lamela, Mason