United manager Louis Van Gaal chose not to pick De Gea for the 1-0 Premier League victory over Tottenham due to concerns about the Spaniard’s state of mind after speculation that he would join Real Madrid.
But the 24-year-old could feature in the Champions League qualification play-off matches against Club Brugge, with the first leg next week, and possibly in the Premier League game against Aston Villa on Friday.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 11, 2015
Van Gaal has told Real that they will have to pay a world record fee for a goalkeeper if they want to sign De Gea. However, United risk losing their No 1 on a free transfer next summer.
Fellow keeper Victor Valdes has not been selected in the Champions League squad an indication that the 33-year-old will leave.
Valdes did not travel to the US on United’s pre-season tour and Van Gaal said he would be sold for refusing to play in the reserves.
THE FULL SQUAD
Goalkeepers: David De Gea, Anders Lindegaard, Sergio Romero, Sam Johnstone
Defenders: Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw, Paddy McNair, Matteo Darmian, Tyler Blackett
Midfielders: Adnan Januzaj, Michael Carrick, Daley Blind, Ashley Young, Ander Herrera, Antonio Valencia, Marouane Fellaini, Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Jesse Lingard, Andreas Pereira
Forwards: Memphis Depay, Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez, James Wilson