Louis Van Gaal insisted last night that David de Gea could play for Manchester United again but suggested he would have to wait until the transfer window closes at the beginning of September,
"Of course I can see him playing for Manchester United again," Van Gaal said after the opening day victory against Tottenham Hotspur.
"The position of the goalkeeper is a position that needs the highest concentration and focus and when you are in circumstances that David de Gea is, it's difficult to cope with that. We have seen that in the matches against Barcelona and PSG. It was not the David de Gea - and he felt the same - of last year. Of course when the situation has been cleared after the first of September, then we look again."
Real Madrid might make an offer more acceptable to United before then. De Gea was one of three United goalkeepers sitting in the stand at Old Trafford while Sergio Romero made a competent debut as Van Gaal's side beat Spurs thanks to a Kyle Walker own goal.
Van Gaal said Matteo Darmian was the most impressive of the four players who made their debuts.
It was an unconvincing United performance but the manager felt victory was the most important thing after his side's poor start last season.
"The most important thing is that we have won because there was a lot of pressure on this match because of last year. Our start was very bad last year. I said during preparation, 'This is the match'. Maybe I laid too much pressure on this match."
While Mauricio Pochettino thought his side deserved something from the game, Van Gaal felt that neither side could cope with the high pressing style of the other.
The own goal came when Tottenham lost the ball and a sweeping United move ended with Walker's mistake.
"In the transition, we make the goal. It would be better to say they made the goal because they lost the ball out of pressure and they shoot the ball in their own net."
Van Gaal also celebrated his 64th birthday yesterday.
"The Beatles had a song," he said before singing one line of When I'm Sixty-Four. "When you hear what they are singing, all my wishes are fulfilled."