Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has insisted that all is well between him and coach Louis van Gaal after a summer of speculation linking him with an exit from the club.
Rumours had suggested that the Spaniard was open to a move to Real Madrid in the transfer window, but De Gea ultimately stayed at Old Trafford and signed a new contract with the club, although according to Sky Sports’ Guillem Balague in September the Spanish giants will continue to monitor his situation.
However, his relationship with Van Gaal appeared strained as the Dutch tactician refused to play him prior to the window closing as he believed that the speculation may have had an adverse effect on De Gea’s focus and so Sergio Romero emerged as United’s first choice stopper
It appears as though the situation has been resolved though as De Gea protects his spot in the starting line-up for Spain ahead of Euro 2016, as he has become an important part of his club’s success as they continue to chase silverware on various fronts this season.
The Red Devils currently sit in fourth place in the Premier League table having collected 24 points from their 12 games so far this season, and although scoring goals has been an issue, De Gea has played his role in ensuring that they have the best defensive record in the English top flight.
It comes as Xavi told ESPN that he initially thought Van Gaal was “an idiot” when they first met at Barcelona, but insisted that he was soon won over by the Dutchman.
For all the criticism that United have faced this season due to their methodical and slow style of play under the former Ajax coach, it is seemingly getting them results and the players appear to be behind him based on De Gea’s positive assessment of the atmosphere at Old Trafford.