EXCLUSIVE | By Manchester correspondent Alex Stevens
David de Gea could be recalled to the Manchester United team for their clash against Aston Villa on Friday night, Football Insider sources understand.
The Spanish goalkeeper was not considered for selection for United’s 1-0 home win against Tottenham last weekend and new signing Sergio Romero took his place.
Manager Louis van Gaal felt Real Madrid’s interest had caused a drop in De Gea’s standards in training and ruled him out of playing for the team again until the transfer window had closed and his future was sorted one way or another.
But Football Insider understands that Van Gaal is now considering a shock recall for United’s reigning player of the year after being impressed by how he has regained his focus in training this week.
There is a growing likelihood the Spaniard will be in the 18-man matchday squad that visits Villa on Friday for United’s second Premier League outing of the campaign.
Van Gaal will make a decision on Thursday on whether to stick with Argentina No1 Romero in goal, who impressed with a clean sheet against Spurs, or revert back to De Gea.
Van Gaal claimed in the aftermath of the Spurs match that he is prepared to choose the Spaniard again only after the transfer window closes.
“If he is still here on 1 September we will look again,” Van Gaal said. “He cannot play before that because as a goalkeeper you need the highest concentration and it is difficult when you are in a position like David.”
Van Gaal has named De Gea in the United squad for the two-leg Champions League final knockout round against Bruges, the opening game of which is next week. However this is not the squad for the main competition.