Having witnessed his dream move to Real Madrid crumble at the last minute, David de Gea will be a Manchester United player until January at least.
Failure to brandish the appropriate documents before the Spanish transfer deadline passed, the responsibility for which Los Blancos have laid at the Red Devils’ door, led to the implosion of the switch, which had been agreed at £29m.
The Spanish net minder had been frozen out by boss Louis van Gaal, who cited a drastic change in the player’s attitude as the rationale for omitting him from each of his six matchday squads so far.
Despite the fact he wants to leave, De Gea remains one of, if not the, best keeper on the planet and, now he’s stuck at Old Trafford for four months at least, the Dutch tactician may now be tempted to utilise his super stopper.
United return to action against Liverpool on the other side of the international break, with a price of 3/1 saying De Gea makes the starting line up.
The Spaniard shone in this fixture last time around, making any number of saves to guide the Red Devils to a 3-1 victory, though a relatively solid start to life at Old Trafford from understudy Sergio Romero means the bench is likely to be as close as he gets to the Theatre of Dreams’ lush green stage.
Four clean sheets in six appearances from the Argentine have seen United fare well without their player of the year from last season and history says their unforgiving gaffer is unlikely to make room for him in the future.
Van Gaal has had more fall outs with players than he has won trophies throughout a glittering career, with Victor Valdes and Robin van Persie among those to get on the wrong side of him during his Old Trafford tenure.
The latter was promptly exiled to Turkey and the former was poised to follow him until the deal hit a snag.
Having crossed his boss in his attempts to force through the Real Madrid move, don’t expect to see the olive branch extended to De Gea, despite his considerable ability.