David De Gea has been named in Manchester United’s squad for the Champions League group stages following the collapse of his move to Real Madrid.
The goalkeeper was set to move to the Primera Division club on transfer deadline day in Spain, with United agreeing to a £29 million fee plus the signing of Keylor Navas, only for the deal to fall through at the last minute.
Both United and Real have issued statements blaming each other for the farcical manner in which the transfer failed, but Louis van Gaal appears ready to move on, naming De Gea in his squad for the European competition.
Victor Valdes, however, is left out of the selection, with summer signing Sergio Romero and 22-year-old Sam Johnstone chosen to provide competition for De Gea.
Elsewhere, deadline day buy Anthony Martial will compete with Wayne Rooney and James Wilson as the club’s out-and-out strikers, with Memphis Depay and Juan Mata also selected.
Van Gaal has also handed opportunities to a number of young players, with Guillermo Varela, Paddy McNair, Jesse Lingard and Andreas Pereira all named in the squad.
Squad in full
GOALKEEPERS – David de Gea, Sergio Romero, Sam Johnstone
DEFENDERS – Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw, Guillermo Varela, Paddy McNair, Matteo Darmian
MIDFIELDERS – Michael Carrick, Daley Blind, Ashley Young, Ander Herrera, Nick Powell, Antonio Valencia, Marouane Fellaini, Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Jesse Lingard, Andreas Pereira
FORWARDS – Memphis Depay, Juan Mata, Anthony Martial, Wayne Rooney, James Wilson