Van Gaal - "David de Gea remains out of the squad" (Video) #mufc

Louis Van Gaal confirmed that goal keeper David de Gea will remain out of the squad to play Aston Villa on friday.

David de Gea, despite been the best player for Manchester United in the last two seasons have been shut out of the team due to the Real Madrid transfer speculations.

Van Gaal believes that the Spanish goal keeper is distracted by the transfer rumours linking him to Bernabeu.

Van Gaal said: "It is the same situation. He remains out of the squad. Sergio Romero stays in goal."

Van Gaal dismissed remarks from Barcelona legend Stoichkov who claimed the Dutchman will "destroy United like he did Barca" because of his man-management style - and urged Pedro not to move to Old Trafford from the Nou Camp.

He added: "I always consider who is saying such things and then I know why. It does not bother me. As a manager, I have to decide a lot of things. He is one of the players I sent away (from Barca) and that is why he is doing that.

"Players can always comment but what they say is not always the truth, especially in the football world. I’m used to that.

"You hear the same things from Luca Toni (who Van Gaal sold during his spell at Bayern Munich).
"But there are more players who speak very highly about me than players who say the things that Toni or Stoichkov are saying."

Van Gaal is demanding United improve their away record if they are to be title contenders this season.

United won only six games on the road last season and had to wait until November 22.

Van Gaal said: "The key for success this season is improving away matches. We were third best at home last season.  I wanted to create a fortress at Old Trafford and we did that but away we have to improve and we can improve because last year we were not good."

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