David de Gea won't start for Man Utd at Aston Villa

Louis van Gaal has confirmed that goalkeeper David de Gea will not play for Manchester United in Friday night's game at Aston Villa

Louis van Gaal has suggested that Sergio Romero will keep his place in the Manchester United goal at Aston Villa on Friday night.

Romero started United's 1-0 win over Tottenham on the opening day of the Premier League season as speculation about David de Gea's Old Trafford future continues. 

Van Gaal refused to play the 24-year-old in last weekend's game, stating that the Spain international goalkeeper could not focus because of the rumours linking him with a move to Real Madrid.

"No, it's the same situation," said the United manager, when asked if De Gea would feature against Tim Sherwood's side, live on Sky Sports.

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United travel to Villa Park on Friday night looking to make it two Premier League wins from two, and Van Gaal insists his side's away form must be better than last season's. 

"At home, we were were one of the best, third in the league I think," said the former Ajax manager.

Louis van Gaal celebrates with David de Gea
Image: Louis van Gaal says it is 'the same situation' with regards to David de Gea at Manchester United

"But away from home, we can improve. Last season, it was not good. I think that is the key for success this season."

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United have been linked with a number of new players, including Valencia defender Nicolas Otamendi. However, speaking to the media on Thursday, Van Gaal was reluctant to comment specifically on the Argentina international, or any other potential signings.  

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"Our aim is always to improve the squad and when it is possible, we shall do it," said the Dutchman.

"I have said more than once that we only buy when we think a player can make a contribution to our squad."

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